Sep 27, 2017

Lots of comings and goings at the recovery sheter

Welcome home hugs all around on Reintegration Day
Welcome home hugs all around on Reintegration Day

Earlier this month, nearly 30 children said goodbye to the Challenging Heights Hovde House because they went home to their families. At the same time, we welcomed back our Rescue Team with an additional 15 children, 12 boys and three girls. It was quite the way to start off the month.

Over two days, our Reintegration Team brought home 19 children, while our partner organisations brought home an additional 10. At each home, as the bus pulled up, mothers, fathers, siblings and grandparents would rush out to the street to meet the children with hearty and warm embraces. Our staff explained what the next steps would be, either enrolment in school or an apprenticeship, and when they could expect us to stop by to do that.

While the team was out on the first day, our Rescue Team arrived at the shelter after 10 days on Lake Volta. They arrived with 15 children, 12 boys and three girls, with three pairs of siblings. This rescue mission had a couple of challenges. Because it is currently rainy season in Ghana, many days were spent on the lake in poor weather. Also, two villages threatened to attack, however because they knew some of our local team members, they refrained. Now, 15 children have warm beds, nutritious food and a chance at childhood at the shelter.

We've made some progress in securing some outside funding for the expansion, and so we hope to begin some parts of the project soon.

Thank you, as always, for your support. Would you mind sharing this with a friend or two? We'd love their support, too.

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Sep 12, 2017

Big welcomes and cheerful goodbyes at the shelter

Kwame* and his mother embrace upon his arrival
Kwame* and his mother embrace upon his arrival

It has been quite the month at the Challenging Heights Hovde House!

It began with the older boys forming a football team and all the children coming to Winneba for them to take on Winneba United Football Club's U17 team. It was a thrilling match, with all the children on the sidelines, drumming and cheering for their colleagues out on the pitch. Hopefully, this will be just the first of many matches to come in the future.

The next week was a big one, as nearly 30 children were reintegrated with their families over the course of two days. The Recovery and Reintegration Team assessed their progress and their families were traced and not at risk of retrafficking, so the boys, girls and family members were prepared to be reunited. Both days were full of ear-to-ear grins and hug enveloping hugs from parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings.

While the team was out bring the children home, our Rescue Team returned from Lake Volta with 15 newly freed children. These three girls and 12 boys have been settling into life at the Challenging Heights Hovde House well, learning the expectations and routines and making new friends. These children will be the children that your donations will help over the coming months in their time at the shelter.

A reccuring, monthly donation is the best way to help us provide top-quality care for these survivors, and we thank you for your generosity to make that a reality.

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Aug 29, 2017

Upcoming reintegration and more rescued children

Recovery team doing final review of children
Recovery team doing final review of children

Hello!

The Challenging Heights Hovde House is truly special place. Hundreds of children have had their first chance at a childhood here. Friendships are formed, knowledge is gained and healing begins.

This week, nearly 30 children will be reunited with their families and begin the reintegration process. For the duration of their time at the shelter, the Recovery team has been assessing the children's progress physically, emotionally and academically while the Reintegration team has been tracing their families and ensuring they will have a safe and loving home to go to.

What this reintegration means for Challenging Heights is that we will have space to take in more rescued children. This entire year, every bed at the Challenging Heights Hovde House has been filled. While we're proud to say that means that we're doing all we can to address modern slavery, it has presented a challenge for us for rescuing more children.

However, that hasn't stopped us from moving ahead with our mission. Knowing that we would being having a reintegration, our Rescue team set off for Lake Volta last and will return shortly after reintegration day.

You can see why this expansion is so crucial! Thank you for believing in the magic of this place. We'll continue to keep you in the loop of any future developments.

Rescue team is out on Lake Volta
Rescue team is out on Lake Volta
 
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