Trafficked to School

The grass-roots approach to ending child slavery in Ghana

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Intervention

Tens of thousands of children from communities along the Volta are trafficked into fishing and other forms of forced labor every year.

With the help of local authorities we conduct interventions to free children from forced labor slavery

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Rehabilitation

Alongside local agencies Volta Revival is providing rehabilitation services to survivors of slavery in the form of education, counseling, and case-management. We are working towards the establishment of a temporary shelter.

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Prevention

We envision a future without child trafficking and slavery. To attain this we have a 24/7 hotline available for reporting cases, a local child protection radio show, and we conduct trainings with schools and community groups.

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Freedom from Slavery is Possible...

The problem

An estimated 50,000 children are trafficked and enslaved on the Volta lake in Ghana each year.

In the Ada district an average of 60% of households engage in trafficking at least one of their children. Children are being trafficked through a contractual agreement between the child’s guardians and the traffickers. Traffickers often lie to parents to the point that they believe trafficking will be better for the child. Children between the ages of 4 and 15 are being enslaved in the fishing industry around the Volta lake for periods between 3 to 15 years. Abuse while enslaved is widespread and includes physical, psychological, emotional, and sexual abuse. The impacts are mental and physical disabilities, PTSD, and death by drowning in the Volta lake or through untreated illnesses.

Breaking the Cycle

Altering the System to End the Symptom

In addressing child trafficking we recognize that it is a cyclical problem which has many underlying causes. Thus child trafficking, slavery, and abuse (ACTS) is a symptom. In our work we consider communities our partners in development. Through community engagement, education, and development Volta Revival builds trust, ultimately leading to the establishment of child protection groups (CBPs) which work as an arm of Volta Revival to monitor, report, and develop the community.

Our approach is holistic, considering the needs of our community partners and working with them to establish a cycle of positive behavior change towards ending child slavery.

 

*ACTS = Child Trafficking, Slavery and Abuse

**CPG= Child Protection Group