Rescue 100 Children from Child Labour in Ghana

 
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Emmanuel before being sponsored
Emmanuel before being sponsored

Sponsorship update

Even though CHF is not able to assist every child or family, the success stories of our current sponsored children keep motivating us to working relentlessly on this child labour and trafficking challenge in the fishing communities of the Awutu Senya Districts, Ghana. One of such success stories is one from EMMANUEL (NB: Names of beneficiaries has been changed to protect their privacy)

Emmanuel’s Story.

 

Emmanuel is a 12 year old boy from Senya who dreams of becoming a doctor in future. He’s been at the fishing shore helping his dad for as long as he can remember. He comes to the shore twice a week to fix the net, and is only paid GHC1( USD 0.43)   He attends school occasionally but hasn’t been able to focus on his education. He wishes to go to school full time, but his father wants him to spend time contributing to the family’s income since his income is not enough to pay his school fees. His mother sells the fish and earn very little since they do not have any fish processing facilities to enable them preserve their fishes; hence they have to sell it cheaply or it goes rotten. He has 4 siblings, and three of which work on the shores as well. Both of his parents are uneducated, and fishing is their only source of income. Emmanuel’s only opportunity to avoid the same fate lies in his ability to return to school full time and receive an education.

 

Cheerful Hearts Foundation choose to sponsor Emmanuel in September 2012 after witnessing how badly he wanted to go back to school, coupled with how severely the fishermen exploited him. We placed him in our partner school D/A Primary and have been monitoring his progress. His teachers report he is a very good pupil, showing outstanding participation in class. In his most recent report he has received very good grades in Natural Science and Religious and Moral education.

Thank you for supporting Emmanuel and his desire for an Education.

 

Update on recently rescued kids

Thanks to your donations, Cheerful Hearts Foundation was able to sponsor 10 more children from senya (the worst hit community with child labour and trafficking) and one girl at Fetteh for the school year. Our strongest desire is to provide as many support as possible for all rescued trafficked and child labourers.

 

Joseph’s Story:

Joseph is a 13 years old boy who was trafficked to Yeji when he was 5 years old. Yeji is 450km away from his home town Senya Beraku and he has to work there for four years. He came back to Senya when he was 9 years old and then had the chance to go to school for two years. Unfortunately, his parents now cannot pay the school fees anymore so Joseph works at the shore with a fisherman.  He mends fishing nets five days per week from 7am until 2pm in the afternoon. Joseph, who finds the work tiresome and sometimes gets injure, earns GHC1 (USD 0.43) per day, sometimes he is paid in kind (pieces of fish). His mother Abena is a fish monger (fish trader) and his father Bro Quaye a fisherman. Joseph doesn’t live with them but with his grandmother who also provides him three meals per day. Joseph wishes to have the opportunity of going back to school to become a teacher.

Cheerful Hearts Foundation chose to sponsor Joseph in September 2013 after witnessing how badly he wanted to go back to school. We placed him in our partner school Day star International and has been monitoring his progress. His teachers reports he is very respectful and participates very well in class. He is a hard worker as displayed in the two distinctions he attained in English Language and Creative Arts.

Thank you for supporting Joseph and his desire for an education.

 

Alimatu’s Story:

Alimatu works in a chop bar (local restaurant) with her sister. What she does mainly is cooking, fetching water and washing bowls. She works everyday in the week from 5am to 11pm.  She had no choice but to work at the chop bar for food and money to support herself. She said through an interview that, she finds her work tiring and that she dislike it because it does not allow her to go to school.  Her father is a farmer and her mother unfortunately is disabled and cannot work. She is currently living with her grandmother who is in her late seventy’s. She is provided food by her grandmother.  She is currently in class 6 in school, which is the class she attended school until her father couldn’t support her anymore. After the entire struggle, Alimatuturned out to be a very brilliant student, according to reports from her teachers. Hence she needs support to continue with her education to enable her achieve her future desire in becoming a teacher.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Cheerful Hearts Foundation chose to sponsor Alimatu after witnessing how eager she wanted to go back to school. We placed her in one of our partner school Fetteh D/A Primary, and have been monitoring her progress. Her teachers report that in her recent progress report that she shows very positive attitude towards school. Alimatu performs well which is stated by her good marks. She shows interest in all subjects.

Thank you for supporting Alimatu and her desire for an education.

 

                         

                    CHILD RIGHTS EDUCATIONAL TALK

After a very busy summer prior to the beginning of the school year, most of our activities we reported on in our earlier edition paid off with rescued kids improving upon their grades after an intense summer vacation school. Parents also made sure their kids stayed in school which is proving how parent’s are gradually accepting the importance of education through our parent’s meetings and also the sensitization education being carried out in the schools in the fishing villages to educate the children about the importance of education. The more the children is schools get to know their rights, the more people get out of the shore and hence an increased enrolment in schools within the community.

Though we have been able sponsor additional 10 children this quarter through your generous support, there are still a considerable number of vulnerable children who need our support to achieve their educational and future aspirations. Cheerful Hearts Foundation is appealing to all generous donors can support the education of a child or can contribute any amount to support this project. Any little amount makes a positive difference in a vulnerable child’s life and it’s highly appreciated. Cheerful Hearts Foundation team promise all donors that we will make sure every single dollar is used to support these children and their communities in an effective and efficient manner.

We sincerely thank you all for your wonderful and generous support to the less privileged children, their communities and the organization. We ask for more blessings in your life and in everything that you do this Year 2014!

Many thanks!

Cheerful Hearts Foundation Team

 

Emmanuel after being sponsored to school
Emmanuel after being sponsored to school
Joseph before being sponsored
Joseph before being sponsored
Joseph after being sponsored to school
Joseph after being sponsored to school
Alimatu before being sponsored
Alimatu before being sponsored
Alimatu after being sponsored
Alimatu after being sponsored
some newly rescued kids very excited in school
some newly rescued kids very excited in school
children working at the shore..lets unite to help
children working at the shore..lets unite to help

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Obed now excited and excelling in school
Obed now excited and excelling in school

Sponsorship update

Having the goal of the project as rescuing one hundred children, CHF after months of child labour and trafficking interviews across Nyanyano, Fetteh and Senya has rescued ten (10) new children from Senya (the worst hit community and also the community with a widespread problem of child trafficking) making a total of 61 sponsored children. Our strongest desire is to provide as many support as possible for all rescued trafficked and child laborer.  Even though CHF is not able to assist every child or family, the success stories of our current sponsored children keep motivating us in working relentlessly on this child labour and trafficking epidemic. One of such success stories is one from Obed Ndzibah. Obed is a eleven years old boy from Fetteh, born to parents who are both uneducated, mother a petty trader and father a fisher man. His parent’s could not afford to pay for obed’s school fees let alone provide his school supplies for learning. Since Obed was unable to attend school, he worked at the shore mending nets and sorting fish where he earns 1.5USD per day. During an interview at the fishing shore with Obed, his dream is to become a Banker. CHF choose to sponsor Obed because of his strong desire to go to school to become the bank officer he aspires to be in future.

After witnessing his desire to return to school, we placed him in our partner school, D/A Primary and Obed has excellently impressed CHF. He just passed on from grade four to grade five. He placed fourth in class, it is imperative to let money prevent Obed from reaching his dream of becoming a bank Officer. His report for the term makes us all proud of his accomplishments. It is filled with remarks as “Respectful and Humble”…Has a positive towards school… Keep it up”. Thank you for supporting Obed and his desire for an education.

Justina Bonney

When we met Justina, she was still in school but about a week away from being trafficked to Yeji to work for a man she had never met. She desperately wanted to continue going to school and was a good student but unfortunately, her mother’s small roadside shop simply did not bring in enough money to provide for Justina and her siblings’ education or even their food and basic needs. Once children are trafficked away from their families, it is near impossible to get them back and they are often put in great danger and certainly forever jaded by the experience. Justina’s circumstance was an emergency situation and therefore CHF was happy to stop her from being trafficked.  

 

Project update

Summer was the busiest and exciting time for the child labour and trafficking project. Ten new volunteers arrived from universities in Ghana, US and UK to assist with the child labour and trafficking project. The project ever changing and adapting – depending on the circumstances, the skill sets of volunteers, the needs and issues that arise. CHF provided summer vacation school to help improve the reading and learning abilities of our sponsored children to help them catch up with subjects they couldn’t perform well in their end of term exams. 

Some of the rescued children at Gomoa Nyanyano (about 3 children) were not attending school regularly in the recent past school term (July 2013). Due to this, the Cheerful Hearts Project Manager with a volunteer from Germany (Eve Fiedler) organised a community meeting in August with parents of sponsored kids to further enlighten them on the long term benefits of education for their children and how we can collaboratively help achieve this vision for the children.

We also had the opportunity to invited to Parent-Teacher Association meetings that the Senya community to share our experiences on how parents can encourage their wards to learn both at home and in school as well as collaborating with the organization to provide adequate support for their children’s education and future.

 

Global Giving UK Visits Cheerful Hearts Foundation

In the month of September 2013, staffs from GlobalGiving UK, Helen Denyer visited the organization to access and evaluate how Funds received from Global Giving has been used to support the Child labor and trafficking project. Helen spent a week with CHF, visiting all the communities we work, interviewed both direct and indirect beneficiaries to identify the impact of the project on individuals, the entire community, challenges and strengths.

Helens visit was timely as it was a beginning of a new school term (first term) for all schools in the various communities. She had the opportunity to meet all the sponsored children, interviewed them, their teachers and parents and she was very much impressed about our work and how funds received from donors has helped changed many lives. Helen also went with the project manager to present all the books purchased by Cheerful Hearts that are usually given to all our sponsored kids the beginning of every term in their various schools. In general, the past quarter has been very successful and all the sponsored children are happily in school. Though we have not been able to reach our target of 100 children since we haven’t reached our funding goal, we hope that more generous donors including you would keep supporting this project. Cheerful Hearts Foundation team promise all donors that we will make sure every single dollar is used to support these children and their communities in an effective and efficient manner. To receive more information on Global Giving’s visit field report, you may reach Helen Denyer by email at helen.denyer@arcor.de

Cheerful Hearts Foundation is working on a video report on Global Giving’s field interviews in this past quarter and would share details in our next project report.

We sincerely thank you all for your wonderful and generous support to the less privileged children, their communities and the organization. We ask for more blessings in your life and in everything that you do!

Many thanks!

Cheerful Hearts Foundation Team

Justina is very happy in school now
Justina is very happy in school now
Summer vacation classes for sponsored kids
Summer vacation classes for sponsored kids
meeting with parents of sponsored kids
meeting with parents of sponsored kids
some of the books purchased for sponsored kids
some of the books purchased for sponsored kids
excited to receive their books for a new term
excited to receive their books for a new term
sponsored kids excited to receive their books
sponsored kids excited to receive their books
Global Giving staff interviews mother and kid
Global Giving staff interviews mother and kid

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Emmmanuel at school, Nyanyano
Emmmanuel at school, Nyanyano

Sponsorship Update

 

The Stop Child Labour & Trafficking Project keeps Cheerful Hearts Foundation and our volunteers in constant contact with exploited children in impoverished communities.  At times it can be quite overwhelming when you realize that CHF is unable to assist every child or family to overcome their economic hardships.  The perseverance and wonderful success stories from our sponsored students are just some of the reasons that we continue to tirelessly work on this epidemic.  One such story is from Emmanuel Gyesi.  When we met Emmanuel he was 14 years old living in Nyanyano with his mother and father, both of which have no formal education.  His father is a subsistence farmer and his mother is a trader.  They were unable to pay for Emmanuel’s school fees, let alone purchase a uniform, books and supplies.  Because he was unable to attend school, Emmanuel would help his father on the farm where he would sometimes earn 2-4 Ghana Cedis ($1-2 USD) per day.  CHF chose to sponsor Emmanuel because of his family’s economic situation and the strong desire he had to attend school.  He is absolute in his desire to become a lawyer!

  

After sponsoring Emmanuel, he has done nothing but impress us with his passion for school.  Ranking first in his class, it is inconceivable to let money keep Emmanuel from reaching his goal of becoming a lawyer.  Reading his progress reports make all of us here at CHF smile and feel proud of his accomplishments.   It is filled with remarks such as, “Calm and respectful…Interested in all subjects…Keep it up!”  We know he will continue to excel in school and can’t wait to see where his life will lead him!

 

Project Update

 

Summertime is a very busy and exciting time for the Stop Labour & Trafficking Project.  Five new volunteers have just arrived from universities in the US and Ghana to assist with our efforts.  In the next few months we will continue interviewing labour and trafficking victims while evaluating their need to be sponsored for the next school year which begins in September.  CHF will also provide vacation classes, labour and trafficking awareness talks, skills and literacy training and develop income generation strategies for the parents of the victims.  This is also a time that we ask for your continued support of Cheerful Hearts Foundation and the Stop Labour & Trafficking Project.  Your support has drastically changed the lives of many children and families in the rural communities of Ghana and is vital to continuing these programs.

 

Thank you for your support!

Cheerful Hearts Foundation Team

interviewed and waiting to be sponsored
interviewed and waiting to be sponsored
Interviewed and yet to be sponsored
Interviewed and yet to be sponsored
interviewed and yet to be sponsored
interviewed and yet to be sponsored
interviewed and yet to be sponsored
interviewed and yet to be sponsored
Students from University of Ghana rescuing kids
Students from University of Ghana rescuing kids
Child Right talks in schools against Child labour
Child Right talks in schools against Child labour
children excited after receiving books from team
children excited after receiving books from team

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Stephen now happy in school at Fete
Stephen now happy in school at Fete

 

CHILD LABOUR & TRAFFICKING PROJECT

 

 A lot of things have been going on with the project since our last report.  Our Labour & Traffiking team has continued conducting interviews in Senya Beraku and the monitoring of students who we already sponsor.

 

Stephen*

Stephen is originally from Senya Beraku but is now living in Fetteh.  He’s not sure about his exact age or how long he had been working, but thinks he’s about 13, and had been working as long as he can remember.  When we met him, Stephen was fishing with his uncle on a boat in the open ocean seven days a week.  They would usually go out around 3pm, and wouldn’t return until 2am the next day. He spent his mornings on the shore fixing the nets instead of sleeping. Though he would earn 20 Ghana Cedis ($10 USD) on a good day, the money was paid directly to his mother who lived elsewhere. While he was working, Stephen lived with his boss, making it impossible for him to miss work. He has been bullied by the boss and severely injured performing the work. Stephen had previously attended school on and off until class three when he moved away with his mother. Constantly moving around made it extremely difficult to keep up with regular schooling and most of the time his mother was unable to afford his school fees.  Dissuaded by not having regular classes, Stephen found himself working more and more. When CHF interviewed him, most of Stephen’s friends had returned to school and he hoped he would be able to join them one day.

We selected Stephen for sponsorship and have closely monitored his progress in Class 2.  His instructor reports that he has almost perfect attendance, takes care of his textbooks and learning materials, and has done well academically.

 

Emmanuel*

 

Emmanuel is a 12 year old boy who used to attend school until class 5.  CHF interviewed him down at the shore in Fetteh where he revealed that he could no longer afford to pay the school fees which is why he was working.  Emmanuel was employed by the fisherman, mending the nets and pulling in the boats. He went to shore by himself but works for some of his dad’s friends and told us that he finds doing these tasks six days a week very tiresome although he does like the money aspect of it, or 1-2 Ghana Cedis per day ($0.50-$1.00 per day).  His father is a security man while his mother does not work. Both were educated to Junior High School level.  Emmanuel lives with his mother and father who provide his supper for him but he has to buy breakfast and lunch for himself with the money he makes from working.  If there is any money left over, he often has to contribute to his mother. He told us that his parents would prefer it if he returned to school and he would like to go back in order to have brighter future.

 

CHF selected Emmanuel for sponsorship based on his past education and his desire to return to school.  Since enrolling back in class 5, Emmanuel has been doing well on his exams and his teacher reports that he is eager to participate in class.

* Names changed for privacy

 

At the beginning of 2013, CHF outlined a number of potential initiatives which would assist with income generation and skill building in the local fishing communities.  Here is a brief description of each proposal:

 

  1. Agriculture Project – In January, CHF was presented with the opportunity to acquire land in the Senya Beraku area.  Initially, we envisioned a farming cooperative for the parents of our sponsored children and other less fortunate individuals in the community.  After doing some research we decided that a demonstration farm would be a better idea to train people how to grow crops for themselves.  In the coming weeks we will be working on securing the land, raising funds to support this project and brainstorming ideas on how the training program will work.
  2. Apprenticeship Program – This program has been a little slow in getting off the ground because of how transient the older fishers are.  We have been trying to target people in their late teens to early twenties who are not interested in receiving a formal education and don’t see a way out of the fishing industry.  While we have interviewed two possible candidates, they have since been in the Ivory Coast following the fish.  In the meantime, CHF is creating a database of skilled workers who can be used in the future as we locate more individuals interested in learning a trade.
  3. Adult Education – After conducting a trafficking interview a few weeks ago, our team encountered a woman who asked if we could teach her how to read and write in English.  This is an area we have been exploring because of CHF’s passion for education.  We have recently spoken with the local Non-Formal Education Division of the Ghana Education Service and discovered that there are literacy classes being held in Senya Beraku.  CHF will observe and evaluate these classes and determine if it is worth partnering with the Ghana Education Service or to set up our own training classes.
  4. Sensitization and Dialogue with Parents – CHF constantly monitors the academic progress of our 51 sponsored students through monthly progress reports.  These reports keep track of attendance and overall performance and attitude in school.  While these progress reports keep CHF up-to-date with our students, there has never been a formal way to relay the information back to the parents or guardians of the students.  One of the missions of the Stop Child Labour & Trafficking project is to refocus the parents/guardians priorities so that education comes first.  In the coming months CHF will work on a system to extend these reports back to the parent/guardians in our effort to sensitize them to the importance of an education and to restore some pride in the achievements of their children.

 

Despite our current lack of funds, CHF is highly confident that all of these programs will be feasible in 2013.  The agriculture project has taken priority because of the scale of the proposal and its potential to alleviate the economic hardships in some of the most impoverished families.  In the next month we aim to have a more concrete view of all of these initiatives and be able to outline a timeframe for everything.  Hopefully within that time, we can raise funds through Global Giving to help finance these long-term projects.

 

We humbly appeal you to share this report and the project page to all friends and families who would be interested in supporting to sustain this project.

Blessings!

Cheerful Hearts Founation Team

Emmanuel before his rescue at Fete fishing shore
Emmanuel before his rescue at Fete fishing shore
Emmanuel now happy in school at Fete
Emmanuel now happy in school at Fete
Rescued kids being taught to improve their Grammar
Rescued kids being taught to improve their Grammar
Some of the rescued kids with community volunteer
Some of the rescued kids with community volunteer
stop child Labour educational Campaign in schools
stop child Labour educational Campaign in schools

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Cheerful Hearts Foundation
Cheerful Hearts Foundation

Kasoa, Central Region, Ghana
http://cheerfulheartsfoundation.org

Project Leader

Eric Opoku Agyemang

Kasoa, Awutu Senya District Ghana

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