Class 4 and 5 girls lead the parade
Earlier this week I met with a parent to explain the fantastic news that their child has been matched with a sponsor. This sponsorship, thanks to generous supporters like you, provides a child with equipment such as books and pens as well as a uniform, shoes and a bag for one year. The sponsorship also heavily subsidises school fees. This dramatically aids the financial burden of sending a child to school and is evident from the ecstatic reaction of parents, who may otherwise find this burden overwhelming. When a child is in school, their chances of being used in child labour or being trafficked are drastically reduced. Over 120 students at the Challenging Heights School now receive sponsorships from donors like you. The sponsorship scheme is just one of many ways in which Challenging Heights is working so relentlessly to ensure that every child in Ghana sees their rights to freedom from exploitation and access to education fulfilled.
One of the parents I talked to this week reminded me of the grand celebration we held last month when she proudly informed me that her daughter was part of the choreography group at the school. This term Challenging Heights School celebrated its 5-year anniversary. Celebrations saw the children performing traditional, cultural, and modern dances as well as drumming displays, drama performances, and a choir. Government officials visiting the event said that the performances were impressive and that regular rehearsals and shows should continue so as to build the talents of our students. The atmosphere on the final day of the program was wonderful and every child left with a sense of accomplishment and empowerment. They certainly should be very proud of themselves. Their dedication saw them practicing after school most days of the week for months before the final celebration and their hard work paid off with successful performances all around. Challenging Heights School is currently giving over 700 children the chance to receive an education, the opportunity to fulfil their potential and ever so importantly, the chance to enjoy being a child. We couldn’t have gotten this far in our fight to provide every child with a meaningful education and protection against forced labour and trafficking without supporters like you.
Thank you for all you do to support our work. We wish you a lovely holiday season from everyone here at Challenging Heights and look forward to updating you again in the new year.
Drumming and dancing
School Prefect preparing for his speech