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Testimonials from Survivors and Students in need of sponsorship
NAME: JONATHAN AGBOKA
AGE: 16 \ GRADE: 5th
I’m currently staying at Angornya with my mother but my father died some years ago.
“When I was very young about 7 years my mother took me to Akosombo and she left me with my uncle and I served him as a fishing boy (slave) for seven years. I never had the opportunity to attend school all these years, I wasn’t fed well, and I was not permitted to leave. I was later brought back to Ada. Throughout my time working for my uncle he never beat me but I didn’t like the idea of staying and working for somebody whiles my age mates were in school. My mother is the one now taking care of me from the little she gets from the mats that she sells, but I often miss school because my fees are not paid.”
NAME: DIVINE ADJONYOH
AGE: 15 \ GRADE: 2nd
Divine is currently living with his parents in a village called Gborgvenya which is about three miles from the school. Both of his parents are disabled, his mother is blind and the father is lame. The whole family depends on what his elder brother sends them through illegal mining he is engaged in.
“I worked as fishing boy in Akosombo for eleven years. While there, we were dangerously made to dive deep into the bottom of the lake to remove nets that get entangled with sticks. We often got beaten with paddles when we were not able to remove the net. We would also prepare baits for fishing which takes us into the night and therefore we don’t have much time to sleep. I did this for eleven years before I was brought back to Ada. Here in Ada, during vacation from school, I have to work as a security in people’s farm to drive away birds in other to get money for schooling. I was fortunate to meet a military officer who recently bought my books for me but apart from that the proceeds from the security job is what I used for my up-keep”.
NAME: VAJEH JENNIFER
AGE: 12 \ Grade: 4th
“I was once taken to my mothers friend who made me work in the fish market and in her hotel to clean the place, She did send me to school but I had to be absent for many days to help with the fish harvest and other chores and therefore I advanced only very slowly. Most of the people who visited her criticized her for having me work in the hotel business at this age. The criticisms got her depressed and one day told me to come back to Ada to help my mom since she is sick. As at now, I’m currently staying with my parents who are into fishing and selling. My education is not going well since my parents are unable to afford most of the academic costs”.
NAME: AHETO CHRISTIANA AGE: 13 \ GRADE: 5th
“I’m currently staying with my parents at Gbovinya. My father fishes and my mother weaves mat. I was taken when I was very young to an overbank island in the Ada district to stay with my mothers friend who never sent me to school. I was made to serve her for a long time. Whiles with her, I would do all the house work and also help sell food.
My parents felt they could not take care of me so she told them that if i serve her the she would educate. However, she never did till my parents came for me to attend school at Gorm. My parents are now struggling to cater for my educational needs and because of this sometimes I am forced to absent myself from school”.
Learn More about fishing slavery in Ghana:
Up to 100,000 children are enslaved in Ghana today. Over half of those children are fishing boys, working up to 15 years under squalid and abusive conditions. While some agencies run interventions, few engage in the hard work of supporting the rehabilitation and education of those children who survived slavery. The Volta Revival Foundation has heard the cries of our communities, and has seen first hand the massive problem slavery poses to grassroots development.
We need your help to support a cohort of 13 students finish through Junior high.
Through this project the Volta Revival Foundation is trying to find sponsors for all 13 to finish through jr high, this is either a $30 monthly commitment for all the students basic needs or a $45 monthly commitment for the basic needs plus tutoring and counseling.
Within this amount each student is provided the following:
School fees (5%)
School books, supplies and clothes (20%)
Food stipends (10%)
Holiday gifts (5%)
Health needs (10%)
Field Trips and Outings (5%)
Community human rights workshops (10%)
School Human rights workshops (10%)
As a sponsor you have the chance to be in relationship with a child who has lived very differently from you! You will receive regular letters from your student with the chance to write back, as well as quarterly reports on their well-being and academic performance.