Imagine a five-year-old child, forced to work 17 hours a day untangling fishing nets underwater, cooking, cleaning, and serving their master.
That’s the reality for 21,000 children on Lake Volta, Ghana.
Together, we will end child slavery in Ghana. Your donation will help rescue children on the lake and give them a future of freedom, education, and hope!
RESCUE COSTS PER CHILD:
Victim Identification & Community Education: $110
Physical Rescue & Transportation: $660
Food, First Aid & Clothing: $110
Security & Emergency Shelter: $120
Abena is ten years old, and spent two years as a domestic slave and support hand to boys in the fishing industry of the Sika Ekura region. Abena hopes to become a beautician, enjoys dancing, and playing Ampe (a local game for Ghanaian girls).
Hakeem is twelve years old, and has survived five years of slavery in the fishing industry. He is a spirited boy determined to become a medical physician one day. Hakeem loves dancing and playing soccer.
John is fifteen years old and was forced to work for over seven years in the fishing industry on Lake Volta. He is currently going through the rehabilitation process and enjoys soccer, singing, and dancing. John hopes to become a medical doctor in the future.
Kofi is ten years old, and was forced to work for over three years fishing in Accra Town on Lake Volta. He is currently going through the process of rehabilitation. Kofi enjoys playing soccer and racing. He hopes to one day become a teacher.
Kwame is sixteen years old and has survived over five years of slavery in Sokpoe on Lake Volta. He is a smart young man, who aspires to become a lawyer. He loves to laugh and dance.
Paa is thirteen years old. Paa recently began rehabilitation and spends most of his time playing soccer, dancing, and working toward his dream of becoming a teacher.
Samuel is twelve years old and has spent five years fishing in the Cedi Enum community on Lake Volta. Since his rescue, Samuel has been playing soccer and volleyball. He has aspirations of becoming a professional driver.
Ebenezer’s daily existence consists of minimal food, 17-hour-long workdays, and torturous treatment. He is forced to swim deep underwater to unhook heavy, tangled nets. Several of his friends have never resurfaced.
This may seem like a far-off reality, but the truth is, we are more connected to Ebenezer than we think. Slavery exists in the fishing industry all around the world. In fact, 25% of all fish caught in Ghana ends up in European markets.