Girls, freed from slavery, are gaining valuable skills by attending a vocational center that was built with help from GlobalGiving donors. The center now needs a safe water supply and a modern oven.
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.
At the center in Ghana, over 40 women are taught sustainable vocational skills like batik dyeing, dressmaking, processing palm oils, baking, and kente weaving. The center now needs a safe, clean water supply and baking and confectionary equipment.
Vocational training for girls and women and their integration back into society will prevent them from migrating to capital towns to be enslaved by other forms of social vices.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
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