US Association for International Migration (USAIM)

The U.S. Association for International Migration (USAIM) is the nonprofit partner of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the United States. As a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, USAIM seeks to empower migrants. Through outreach, education, and fundraising USAIM aims to raise awareness about the reality of migration while encouraging positive action. USAIM's Mission: To broaden public awareness To support programs that promote the humane and orderly migration of people To mobilize private sector resources To work in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support domestic and international programs benefiting migrants, displa...
Oct 9, 2012

TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH EDUCATION

Mansah in class
Mansah in class

“Whenever I recollect my rescue in 2005 by IOM, my heart gladdens because it has made me realize my dream of going to school to enable me become an important personality in the future’’ says Mansah a reintegrated victim of exploitative labour a monitoring visit.

Back in Yeji (a community in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana), Mansah; a girl who is currently 18-years old, wakes up at 5am every day to sweep the house, fetch water, cook, clean and smoked fish amidst other domestic chores. The day continues with her having to go selling food stuffs and fish. While doing all these during the day, she only gets to enjoy food only once before she goes to bed. According to her, remembering all these experiences makes her cry because her ‘’Mistress’’ is a relative of her late mother and she was placed in her care after her mother passed away since she was the most trusted and eligible person in the family to do that.

Living currently in Mafi-Afalekpo; a community close to mafi-Atitekpo (a community in the Volta Region of Ghana) with her guardian, even though situations are not as perfect as Mansah expected, she sees it as a better alternative. She appreciates her current situation more because as much as her guardian has five children of her own, she does her best to provide her with all her basic needs.

Mansah who was exploited for five years before her rescue by the International Organization for Migration in 2005,  has always had the ambition to become be a nurse in the future.  She is currently in her final year at the Junior High School; should she pass her exams successfully, she will have the opportunity to enter into the Senior High School for three years after which she can enter into a nurses training school to fulfill her dreams.

Donors like you made it possible for Mansah’s life to change. Your continuous support has brought her this far and will spur her on to higher heights. We hope you will continue to support IOM Ghana's CT project and help us to continue to change the lives of Ghana's child trafficking victims.

Mansah in school
Mansah in school
Jul 16, 2012

REINTEGRATED TRAFFICKED CHILDREN PROGRESSED DESPITE THE ODDS

Never during a monitoring visit to his school
Never during a monitoring visit to his school

Never Awukudze, Samuel Amekuadi and Jonas Acquah were all trafficked to Yeji some years back by relatives. As part of different agreements signed by the relatives, the ‘Masters’ of these boys promised their relatives to enroll them in school, while they assist them in fishing after school, but that was not to be. Though these boys lived with different ‘Masters’ in Yeji, they all had similar treatments until IOM intervened and rescued them in the year 2004.

The three young gentlemen endured a lot while with their masters; from working more than 14 hours without rest a day to being fed once a day on an unbalanced meal. In addition to these, they were beaten and molested by their masters. It was emotionally traumatizing for them as they witnessed other children drowning in the process of diving under water to disentangle fishing nets stacked to tree stumps. During that time; they saw their dreams of being educated and becoming prominent people in the future shattered. They all hoped for a miracle to happen to change their situation, it did happen when IOM rescued them in the year 2004.

Never, Samuel and Jonas were all reintegrated with their families after their rescue. Never was reunited with his father and siblings in New Bakpa, Samuel with a relative in Sokpoe; both communities are in the Volta Region of Ghana. Jonas on the other hand was reunited with his father in Immuna; a community in the Central Region of Ghana. IOM placed them all in school

With the constant monitoring and support of IOM enabled by your generous donation, the three boys progressed through the primary school, the Junior Secondary school and finally the Senior Secondary school. They just wrote their final Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination and hope to make good grades to enable them proceed to the University. They have become role models to other children and living testimonies to the fact that when children are given the opportunity, they can make it to higher heights. While Never dreams of becoming a Pilot in future; Sammy and Jonas hopes to become a Medical Doctor and an Accountant respectively.

You have generously contributed towards the change in the lives children; given them hope and they will forever be grateful to you. Together I am sure, we can see them through the University if they make the grades.

Samuel talking to the media about his experience
Samuel talking to the media about his experience
Jonas in school during monitoring
Jonas in school during monitoring
Mar 16, 2012

Paa Kwesi -The Case of a Miraculous Transformation

Paa Kwesi in School Smiling Broadly
Paa Kwesi in School Smiling Broadly

Nine (9) year old Paa Kwesi was rescued by IOM in 2011 and has since been reintegrated with his father in a community in the Central region of Ghana.

Paa Kwesi was living with both parents in a fishing community in a fishing district of Ghana. He was just three (3) years when his father left the family and never returned. according to his father, he had to leave his family when his fishing business collapse and it became very difficult to feed his family. Paa Kwesi's mother took care of him on her own until she remarried and had to move to her husband at a mining town in the ashanti Region of Ghana. As she did not want the presence of her son to create any problems in her new marriage, she gave out Paa to a fisherman for a fee when he was just six (6) years old; he had been with the fisherman for three years until his rescue.

While with the fisherman, Paa Kwesi's usual day started at 5am and ended at 8pm. His tasks included paddling and taking water out of the canoe. He was fed only twice a day and said he felt very tired at the end of each day.

Paa whose growth looks stunted as a result of the physical pressure he was put through at a young age of six, is very happy he was rescued by the IOM team. He is currently in school (Kindergaten I) in the Central Region of Ghana; where he is performing academically well, although he had a little difficulty from the beginning.

Paa is very happy now and almost always wears a smile. His interpersonal relationship with his class mates and family members has greatly improved. it is heartwarming to see him progress from the quite and withdrawn child rescued a year ago to a very happy and open child. All these were achieved with the support of your generous donations. He would however need your continuous supports to enable him achieve his dream of becoming a medical doctor in future.

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