Dec 29, 2017

15 children rescued, 15 children begin recovery

Our rescue team rescued 12 boys and 3 girls.
Our rescue team rescued 12 boys and 3 girls.

Great news! Earlier this month our rescue team spent a week on Lake Volta and returned with 15 boys and girls, now free from modern slavery.

They arrived at the Challenging Heights Hovde House to cheers and smiles from all of the other children, which is always a joy to see. This process can be kind of confusing for them, but so many of the children say that when they saw all of the other happy children they knew they were in a safe place.

Since their arrival, the three girls and 12 boys have been settling into the dorms, getting medical check-ups and starting school. Soon, our trained staff will sit down with each child individually and screen them for PTSD. We've also begun to help them learn positive behaviours and coping mechanisms thorugh our behaviour chart and one-on-one support. All of this is part of the comprehensive care at the shelter.

You have given these incredible survivors all of thatthe right start to their recovery.

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Dec 29, 2017

15 new arrivals, still need space for more

Our rescue team returned with 3 girls and 12 boys
Our rescue team returned with 3 girls and 12 boys

Our year here at Challenging Heights has ended on a high note. Earlier this month, our Rescue Team returned from Lake Volta with 15 children, newly rescued from modern slavery. When they arrived, the boys and girls were greeted with cheers and smiles from the other children. The whole process can be confusing and scary for the rescued children, but so many of them say that when they saw all the other children at the shelter, they knew they were in a safe place.

These three girls and 12 boys are settling into their new beds at the Challenging Heights Hovde House. They are going to the doctor for a check-up and any necessary medical care. Our staff has assessed their academic level and placed them in the class suited for their ability. In the next few weeks, each child will be assessed for PTSD and individualised care plans will be created.

All of this high-quality care is possible because of you. You've given these incredible survivors the place where they can recover.

We've recently received some extra support for the six new classrooms and library through some wonderful grants, however, there's still a bit more to go to make sure we can finish Phase 1. With the recent arrival of newly rescued children, it's clear that more space for more survivors is our critical first step to ending child trafficking in Ghana's fishing industry. You can make that space a reality.

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Nov 28, 2017

Breaking ground on 6 new classrooms

We've broken ground for the classrooms' foundation
We've broken ground for the classrooms' foundation

We have some amazing news! We broke ground this month on Phase 1 of the expansion of the Challenging Heights Hovde House! Your support and belief in these amazing children have done that, and we're excited to share the progress with you.

But first, did you know that today is #GivingTuesday? You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but Giving Tuesday is a day to kick off the end-of-year giving season. And today, Global Giving will be sharing the wealth with a proportional match. Give today, and your investment in these children goes a little bit futher.

About the ground-breaking, we're expanding the shelter in two phases. The plans for Phase 1 include an entirely new building, consisting of six classrooms and a dedicated library. We currently have four classrooms and a shared library space, that is also used for a variety of therapies. If we are going to take in more boys and girls who have been rescued from modern slavery, we will need more space to provide a quality education.

These classrooms will allow class sizes to remain small and the children to receive individualised attention in class. The library, full of age- and reading-level-appropriate books will be an amazing resource for these survivors.

Your belief in a quality education for these children makes this possible.

Once we complete Phase 1, we will move onto Phase 2, which includes converting the current classrooms into dormitories and adding on the second floor above them. For the entiretiy of 2017, all of the dorms have been filled with rescued children. These new dorms will allow us to care for up to 100 children at a time.

We're very excited for this expansion, as it brings us that much closer to our goal of ending child trafficking in Ghana's fishing industry.

As always, we are grateful for your support. And happy Giving Tuesday!

The bricks are just waiting to go up
The bricks are just waiting to go up
Working on the rebar frames for the foundation
Working on the rebar frames for the foundation

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