Class four students at Challenging Heights School
The school year commenced this month at the Challenging Heights School. Over 710 eager students, in their blue and yellow checked uniforms, started classes from nursery to Junior High School. Thanks to support from GlobalGiving donors, 65 at-risk boys and girls from deprived families and underserved fishing communities were guaranteed at least one academic term of education last quarter. Through your donation, these 65 boys and girls had their school fees paid and received other school supplies such as uniforms, books and book bags, shoes, pens and pencils. Your support is especially important in this community that is severely affected by the menace of child trafficking and other worst forms of child labour.
Historically, children from the oceanic fishing communities surrounding the Challenging Heights School have been sent 10+ hours north to the top of Lake Volta and forced to work in the fishing industry there. Poverty, lack of education, lack of awareness, and deception all play a role in how children get to be trafficked and forced to do dangerous work. In addition to the school for survivors and at-risk children, Challenging Heights runs awareness programs in communities so that they can begin to take control of stopping child trafficking for themselves.
The effectiveness of these community outreaches has been particularly evident as school reopens and returned survivors and children who were recently intercepted from being trafficked come to Challenging Heights for technical advice and seeking possible enrollment into our programs including the school. Just this week, one boy was referred to Challenging Heights by a Community Child Protection Committee, who intercepted his impending transport to the lake. Another child was referred by his uncle, who after attending a Challenging Heights awareness event, realized that his nephew was soon to be trafficked. Additional cases are being reported and investigated as the week goes on. Challenging Heights will work to get all of these trafficking survivors enrolled in school and YOUR support through GlobalGiving makes a huge contribution toward making this happen.
Thank you once again and we look forward to sharing more successes from first term with you next time!