Throughout the last quarter, 150 boys and girls between the ages of 10 – 17 benefited from the 'Transform Lives of Former Child Laborers in Ghana' project. Your support has greatly assisted Challenging Heights to provide much needed school materials to our children including school uniforms, bags, footwear, books, pencils and crayons as well as make important contributions to their school fees.
Children involved in the project are performing exceptionally well in the classroom with over 10% of the beneficiaries excelling beyond their peers!
Prior to receiving your support, children were often absent from class or would come to school late. Children were forced to stay at home for days or sometimes weeks because parents could not afford to send their children to school.
For many children in Winneba, Ghana, this has now changed. Your support is ensuring young bright minds regularly attend school!
Read the profile below of Beti. One young child who has received your support.
Betty* is 11 years old and in primary two at Challenging Heights School. Her mother has been the family’s primary provider for the last 10 years as her father is very sick and unfit to work. The main source of family income is generated through her mother’s petty trading business.
Betty's parents are illiterate. Despite this, they support their daughters' desire to go to school and dreams of becoming a successful bank manager. However, at certain times, it has been very difficult finding enough money to cover the basic costs to run the household and unfortunately Betty's schooling is often put on hold during difficult times. Betty would often miss a week or more of school while the family tried to find the necessary funds. Constant disruption to her schooling routine significantly affected Betty's class performance.
However, thanks to your support, Betty no longer has to worry about finding money for her schooling or falling behind in class. Just like other children, Betty now focuses on studying hard at school; playing with her friends and working on making her dreams come true.
Betty is now one of the happiest children in our school. She attained A's and one B across her 8 different subject areas and only missed one day of school last semester.
Betty's family has been linked to a micro-credit program to ensure her parents can support Betty and her siblings in the future.
“Challenging Heights has given me an opportunity to live to achieve my dream of becoming a bank manager through this support. Am however, asking Challenging Heights to continue to support other children whose have found themselves in the same family conditions as my family”. (Betty)
“The support from Challenging Heights has lessened the financial burden of providing all her school material which affected her studies. Am most grateful to Challenging Heights for their timely support to Betty and our family at large”. (Betty's mother)
*Betty is not her real name.
Challenging Heights wants to say a big thank you to everyone who donated to its programs. Over the last period, your generosity has supported 40 former child slaves to return to school or commence learning for the very first time. Since we launched on Global Giving’s website in September 2010, the money donated has supported a total of 210 children into school.
Unfortunately the majority of families involved in our project are underprivileged, and therefore find it very difficult to afford the necessary school items, including books and uniforms, to send their children to school. This is particularly dangerous, as children outside of traditional schooling systems are not afforded the security of children who attend school and are more susceptible to falling victim to trafficking networks or being exploited within the labour force.
With over 604 children enrolled within our school this semester and the ever-growing demand for education within our community, the program aims to ensure the provision of education is maintained for all our children, and most importantly, that our children are not sold, trafficked or exploited.
We need your support to keep our children in school!
Through the generosity of our supporters, we have been able to assist vulnerable children to return to the classroom where they are provided the opportunity to reclaim their lives and strive to be the future leaders of Ghana and the world!
Your generous support has paid for tuition, school uniforms, sports materials and any other equipment that assists in the children's education and school performance.
With your ongoing support and commitment, together we will ensure our beautiful children walk on the road to recovery. The traumatic experiences will diminish and our children will move towards a bright and wonderful future full of hope, laughter and happiness.
We ask that you kindly please continue to support Challenging Height’s efforts to transform the lives of vulnerable and at-risk young people in Ghana through Global Giving.
Thank you very much for your generosity and ongoing support.
James Kofi Annan and The Challenging Heights Team.
During our field trip to Ghana we travelled to Winneba to visit the Challenging Heights school that serves the local area and educates many of the children rescued from child trafficking and child labour by Challenging heights. On the day of our visit, they were busy building new classrooms to hold computers that are being donated to the school. The older children were helping the volunteers whilst the younger ones ran around playing games during their playtime, laughing and skipping across the dusty playground making it almost impossible to imagine the experiences that some of them have had before reaching this safe haven.
We spent the majority of our trip talking to James Kofi Annan about the organisation and were most struck by how it is his openness and ingenuity that have helped Challenging heights to grow over the last 6 years. James is a truly inspirational leader with an amazing talent for engaging people both locally and internationally in an issue that he is so passionate about and that needs attention and increased awareness. We were so encouraged to see a local leader embody such a spirit of hope for Ghana and Africa.
In 2007, the School run by Challenging Heights started to provide a solution for what to do with children in the community that needed an education, and where to place children that had been rescued from child trafficking and labour. After 6 months of opening, the school already had 180 children in it that had never been to school before.
James attributes the success of Challenging heights to credibility of the project and the organisation. By putting the beneficiaries right at the heart of what they do, by being willing to make sacrifices, the credibility of the project shines through, making it easy for people to want to offer support: ‘If you love what you do and sacrifice, people see and are interested’. Having visited James, experienced his passion for the issue of child trafficking and child labour and seen how he has turned this into a tangible reality of support, it is an evaluation that I can easily agree with.
Challenging Heights wants to say a big thank you to everyone who donated to its programs. Over the last period, your generosity has supported 35 former child slaves to return to school or commence learning for the very first time. Since we launched on Global Giving’s website in September 2010, the money donated has supported a total of 205 children into primary school.
With your generous support, we have been able to assist some of the most vulnerable children in the world out of enslavement by returning them to the classroom. As many families are unable to afford to send their children to school, children are vulnerable to trafficking networks where they are exploited, abused and starved of an education... and a childhood.
These children are now on the road to recovery. The trauma and pain sustained and exploitation endured from the worst forms of child labour has ceased and the children are now free to be happy, confident children who love going to school and playing with their friends.
Your contribution has paid for tuition, school uniforms, sports materials and any other equipment that will assist with the children's education and school performance.
Unfortunately there is still a great need with thousands of children still enslaved in Ghana. With your continued support, Challenging Heights will be able to expand our programs and help more desperate children. Please continue to support Challenging Height’s efforts to transform the lives of vulnerable and at-risk young people in Ghana.
Thank you very much for your generosity and ongoing support.
Challenging Heights Team.
Challenging Heights is celebrating our successes in 2010, having supported a record 1,195 children who are survivors of trafficking, slavery and the worst forms of child labour or are vulnerable to child labour and trafficking. We were able to highlight this achievement recently at our annual review conference.
Some of our achievements during the year were:
- Rescuing 15 children from slavery in fishing, and helping with the reintegration of 10 others.
- Helping achieve the first successful prosecution under Ghana's Human Trafficking Act (2005).
- Growing enrolment in Challenging Heights School to 435.
- Growing our Evening School enrolment to 100.
- Educating 500 girls and young women on child labour and trafficking, reproductive health rights and HIV/AIDs.
- Providing literacy and vocational education to 110 young adults.
- Reaching approximately 10,000 people through community awareness campaigns on child labour and trafficking.
Our programs have lead to a dramatic increase in awareness of the criminal nature of child trafficking. We can see the difference we're making in the increase in the number of cases reported to Challenging Heights and the police by members of the community.
Despite the great gains we've made, we continue to focus on our goal of ending the worst forms of child labour. We believe this is achievable, so while we can congratulate ourselves on the hard work we have done in a very successful year, we are also focused on continuing to grow and help more children in 2011. In 2011, we hope to increase our programs and reach a target of 1,350 children in need.
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