Challenging Heights Empowers Communities to Continue Their Fight Against Child Trafficking!
By Cammie Kilpatrick - Child Sponsorship Program Manager
CCPC Members in Senya Discuss Child Monitoring
Over the past several months, Challenging Heights has made some amazing advancements in the field through empowering communities. In this quarter alone, Challenging Heights rescued 22 children from the Volta Region, rehabilitated and re-integrated 30 children back into their schools and communities, provided 15 families with microloans to start or expand their small businesses, and continued to engage leaders in 13 communities in and around the towns of Winneba, Senya, and Mumford to educate them to combat child trafficking on their own terms.
One way in which your donations have helped to educate and empower community leaders to fight child trafficking is by supporting the Child Community Protection Committees, or CCPCs. These committees consist of community-chosen members who monitor the children in their communities and educate families about the risks of trafficking. The CCPCs have illustrated great success in protecting children in the various communities in which Challenging Heights works. For example, due to CCPC training, several committee members were able to recognize suspicious trafficking behavior and prevent a bus containing 25 would-be child slaves from travelling from their community in Senya to the Volta region where they would have been forced to engage in backbreaking child labor.
Without your help, we would not be able to make such a significant impact on these various communities and in the individual lives of the children who now have access to a brighter future. By empowering a community to fight against child trafficking, you have helped prevent countless children in Ghana from engaging in the worst forms of child labor. For your generosity, all of us at Challenging Heights are incredibly thankful.
At the start of every term, parents, and sometimes the students themselves, come to Challenging Heights School for enrollment. While we aim to support every child in need of affordable, quality education, this is not always realistic and we have had to turn away students based on lack of space in the classrooms. Enrollment at the Challenging Heights School is now over 765 students!
This year has seen class sizes of over 80 students in classes primary three and four due to demand for the instruction that we are providing and lack of space. Students were therefore excited when they returned to school after the mid-year holidays two weeks ago. That’s because we were finally able to split these large classes into two! Two new teachers were hired and some extra desks were built and then new classes were created. Classes primary three B and primary four B now meet in a new building that will soon house our library. In the meantime, every available space must be utilized. Primary four student, Theresa, said, “I was so happy when I returned from the holidays because I am now in a new classroom. Before, class was very crowded. Now I feel less shy to answer questions from my teachers.” While we search for large donors to fund additional classroom blocks, your donations are instrumental in enabling us to hire new teachers and provide classroom materials as space allows.
Thank you once again for supporting our school and our students as we strive to provide a quality education to at-risk, but enthusiastic children in Winneba!