Since 2002, IOM and its partner NGOs and Government agencies have been working to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate children trafficked to the fishing industry in Brong-Ahafo and Volta regions of Ghana. Trafficked children are forced to work as bonded laborers under hazardous and exploitative conditions. Previous funding has allowed 731 children to be rescued and reintegrated. However, many trafficked children remain in the fishing industry and we need your support to help them.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Children are often "given out" by parents/relatives to fishermen, usually with a verbal agreement, for as little as USD 50 - USD 100 per year, due to ignorance, poverty and broken homes. Trafficked children are usually kept under bondage and are often ill-treated, malnourished and forced to work extremely long hours in deplorable and dangerous conditions on the lake. Rescued children have difficulties to reintegrate into society and require psychosocial and educational support.
How will this project solve this problem?
The counter-trafficking team utilizes a three-tiered approach, 'Prevention,' 'Protection' and 'Partnership.' Sensitization programs on the dangers and effects of trafficking are carried out in communities. Micro-Business Assistance is provided to parents/guardians and fishermen to offer an alternative income source. Those rescued are provided medical and psychosocial support, reunited with families and then provided reintegration assistance including education/training and counseling.
Potential Long Term Impact
This project aims to assist in the prevention and combating of child trafficking in Ghana with the view to reducing one of the worst forms of child labor and exploitation through identification, rescue, rehabilitation, return, and reintegration of victims. IOM also encourages communities to reject child trafficking and child labor exploitation as viable options for supporting the livelihoods of families or fishermen.
Total Funding Received to Date: $100,172
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $124,828
Total Funding Goal: $225,000