The coalition is delighted to welcome Challenging Heights as its newest member. Challenging Heights brings unique expertise of rescuing children trafficked within Ghana for exploitation in the fishing industry, providing temporary shelter and protection and reintegrating these children with their families, extended families or foster families.
In Ghana fishing communities are responsible for recruiting a large number of children, who are either sold or involuntarily taken from their communities and exploiting them as child labourers. Challenging Heights works to raise awareness within both fishing communities as well as the home communities of the children, thereby encouraging these communities to reject the sale and exploitation of children. Challenging Heights supports families to reintegrate former child labourers through providing psychosocial support, linking families to micro-finance providers, closely monitoring the child in the school and home environment.
Many of the staff, including the Director, at Challenging Heights have firsthand experience of child labour, as they themselves were victims of internal trafficking and exploitation. They have been able to change their lives for the better because of the support received from Challenging Heights, and in turn are able to support other children to make a change to their life. Challenging Heights having won a number of international awards for their work against child slavery and promoting education for children.
> Read more about Challenging Heights and the other members of the Coalition.
> Read more about the coalition's third meeting in Rio de Janeiro during March 2012.