Ghana: Vocational center for freed girl slaves

by African Women's Development Fund
Ghana: Vocational center for freed girl slaves


Girls and women, liberated from enforced slavery, are learning to function in mainstream society by attending a rehabilitation program. A center is needed to house and expand their activities.

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In rural West Ghana it was believed by some that giving a virgin between the ages of 8-15 to a priest to serve as his slave would atone for the sins of the family. This practice, known as "trokosi" recently received national attention and was banned. Thousands of liberated slaves are now participating in vocational training programs. Most slaves are now grown women with children, and have few of the survival skills necessary for the outside world.


They are taught sustainable vocational skills like batik dyeing, sewing dresses, and processing palm oils. Currently, learning takes place outdoors and are suspended during inclement weather.

Long-Term Impact

A center will enhance this program by providing year-round workspace, training rooms, and storage space for their equipment.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Religious slavery in Ghana
Liberation campaign for girl slaves

Organization Information

African Women's Development Fund

Location: Accra - Ghana
African Women's Development Fund

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Thanks to 7 donors like you, a total of $2,224 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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