In Ghana, children are involved in the worst forms of child labor, including gold mining, fishing, and cocoa harvesting. Because of poverty, ignorance and child labor, hundreds of kids do not go to school or drop out of school every year. We are helping to change this by providing scholarships, school supplies, uniforms etc. We also provide support to schools. Microfinance loans boost family income so families are less inclined to engage their kids in child labor.
Thousands of children, mostly between the ages of 5 and 17 work in perilous conditions in gold mines in Ghana. In artisanal mining, the kids are exposed to hard labor conditions and mercury poisoning. Some of these kids are breadwinners for their families and their earnings help pay for their school-related costs. No child should have to expose themselves to hazardous mining conditions or be involved in hard child labor because their parents are not able to send them to school.
This project will help address the child labor problem in Ghana by covering school-related costs for kids. The children will no longer have to work to earn income for schooling. The kids will be able to stay in school and advance their education. Project funds will also help distribute free booklets on child safety and the need for kids to go to school. Microfinance funds will help build family income, addressing the root cause of poverty.
Children will be able to pursue their education and break free from the vicious cycle of poverty. Educated kids will have access to greater opportunities and be better positioned to contribute to the community and national development.