Ghana: Vocational center for freed girl slaves



Girls and women, liberated from enforced slavery, are learning to function in mainstream society by attending a rehabilitation program. A center is needed to house and expand their activities.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In rural West Ghana it was believed by some that giving a virgin between the ages of 8-15 to a priest to serve as his slave would atone for the sins of the family. This practice, known as "trokosi" recently received national attention and was banned. Thousands of liberated slaves are now participating in vocational training programs. Most slaves are now grown women with children, and have few of the survival skills necessary for the outside world.

How will this project solve this problem?

They are taught sustainable vocational skills like batik dyeing, sewing dresses, and processing palm oils. Currently, learning takes place outdoors and are suspended during inclement weather.

Potential Long Term Impact

A center will enhance this program by providing year-round workspace, training rooms, and storage space for their equipment.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $2,224

Funding Policy: subsidized/guaranteed

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $2,224 as of Jun 9, 2004.  The original project funding goal was $22,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Thanks to 7 donors like you, a total of $2,224 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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