Throughout the last quarter, 150 boys and girls between the ages of 10 – 17 benefited from the 'Transform Lives of Former Child Laborers in Ghana' project. Your support has greatly assisted Challenging Heights to provide much needed school materials to our children including school uniforms, bags, footwear, books, pencils and crayons as well as make important contributions to their school fees.
Children involved in the project are performing exceptionally well in the classroom with over 10% of the beneficiaries excelling beyond their peers!
Prior to receiving your support, children were often absent from class or would come to school late. Children were forced to stay at home for days or sometimes weeks because parents could not afford to send their children to school.
For many children in Winneba, Ghana, this has now changed. Your support is ensuring young bright minds regularly attend school!
Read the profile below of Beti. One young child who has received your support.
Betty* is 11 years old and in primary two at Challenging Heights School. Her mother has been the family’s primary provider for the last 10 years as her father is very sick and unfit to work. The main source of family income is generated through her mother’s petty trading business.
Betty's parents are illiterate. Despite this, they support their daughters' desire to go to school and dreams of becoming a successful bank manager. However, at certain times, it has been very difficult finding enough money to cover the basic costs to run the household and unfortunately Betty's schooling is often put on hold during difficult times. Betty would often miss a week or more of school while the family tried to find the necessary funds. Constant disruption to her schooling routine significantly affected Betty's class performance.
However, thanks to your support, Betty no longer has to worry about finding money for her schooling or falling behind in class. Just like other children, Betty now focuses on studying hard at school; playing with her friends and working on making her dreams come true.
Betty is now one of the happiest children in our school. She attained A's and one B across her 8 different subject areas and only missed one day of school last semester.
Betty's family has been linked to a micro-credit program to ensure her parents can support Betty and her siblings in the future.
“Challenging Heights has given me an opportunity to live to achieve my dream of becoming a bank manager through this support. Am however, asking Challenging Heights to continue to support other children whose have found themselves in the same family conditions as my family”. (Betty)
“The support from Challenging Heights has lessened the financial burden of providing all her school material which affected her studies. Am most grateful to Challenging Heights for their timely support to Betty and our family at large”. (Betty's mother)
*Betty is not her real name.