Ghana: Challenging Heights saves 111 children from slavery

February 23, 2013 00:280 comments

chChallenging Heights, a non-governmental organization has, as at the end of 2012, saved 111 children from slavery and many others were saved from child labour.

This was contained in a statement issued by Mr James Kofi Annan, President of Challenging Heights and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Tuesday.

According to the statement, Challenging Heights provided support to 1,640 children and youth made up of 704 girls, and 936 boys in 32 communities across six districts.

It said out of the total number of children supported, 111 of them were rescued from slavery while the rest were boys and girls either engaged in child labor or at risk of losing care.

“dditional 240 women received support to undertake various businesses in order to support their children and over 25,000 people were directly reached with the message on child protection and education, resulting in greater awareness”, it said.

The statement said, the NGO established a 30-seater computer center and the broke ground for the construction of a library.

It said the NGO engaged 12 Community Child Protection Committees, while 20 were self-sustaining, to ensure that communities have the needed structures to safeguard the interest of vulnerable children.

Six Child Rights Clubs were trained, reaching over 120 children, to ensure that children participated in their own development and began to take ownership of their rights.

The NGO also launched two research projects, researching into the pattern of children living in outside parental care and a research to collate children’s views on the post Millennium Development agenda.

It said the NGO is working on a film titled “Fisher of Kids” and it is currently at its final stages of production. Written and directed by award-winning Steven Keen, the film will be screened in major cinema houses around the world to create awareness on Challenging Heights and the plight of trafficked children.

Source: GNA

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