Thursday, 10 Jul 2014

Faith and freedom in Ghana

Fighting child slavery from the pulpit

Recently, Challenging Heights (CH) has partnered with Walk Free to call on faith leaders from Ghana, in every church and mosque, to speak out on the issue of child labour and child trafficking in the fishing industry in Ghana. CH also held a press conference in the hopes that local media will share the story. The press conference raised many questions about child trafficking, Challenging Heights, and child labour on Lake Volta.

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Many children get physically and emotionally abused; given little food, no pay and denied access to education.” James Kofi Annan

There are currently 49,000 children in child labour on Lake Volta; 21,000 of those children are to be considered in hazardous child labour. Many children get physically and emotionally abused; given little food, no pay and denied access to education. Most parents, completely unaware about the truth of Lake Volta send their children, believe the lies traffickers tell them. They are told that their children will be given a better life with a secure career. While others are knowingly sold to a life of modern-slavery.

They are told that their children will be given a better life with a secure career.” James Kofi Annan

We have created the Send No Child campaign to spread awareness about the issue of child trafficking in Ghana by reaching out to faith leaders. We believe that if ministers, pastors, and preachers allocate just three minutes of their sermon to forbid all members of their congregation from sending any child to Lake Volta; instruct followers to report absent children suspected of being trafficked to the police or social welfare; and teach their congregation about the reality of the conditions for children on Lake Volta, we can prevent children from being sent to Lake Volta.

In order to end child labour in the fishing industry of Ghana we need to prevent children from being sent to the lake; there needs to be more public awareness of the issue and the conditions of Lake Volta. Faith leaders have the opportunity to reach a high population of people, helping spread the truth about these conditions. With the help of these influential leaders we hope to see the day that no child is sent to Lake Volta.

Member: Challenging Heights      Country: Ghana