Vocational Center for Freed Slave Girls in Ghana

by African Women's Development Fund


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.

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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.


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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


Liberation campaign for girl slaves
126 Trokosi Slaves to Be Freed
Ghana's Trapped Slaves

Organization Information

African Women's Development Fund

Location: Accra - Ghana
Website: http:/​/​www.awdf.org
African Women's Development Fund
Fortune Abodakpi
Project Leader:
Fortune Abodakpi
Volta, Ghana

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