How do you reach thousands of Ghanaian families to spread the word that child slavery is wrong and must be stopped? Get on the radio!
That’s what our front-line partner group, Challenging Heights, has just begun to do. They’re broadcasting a live weekly program called Mbofra Banbo, which means “Child Protection.”
“The program provides as a new form of community sensitization that has the ability to reach a larger number of people at one time,” Challenging Heights founder and child slavery survivor James Kofi Annan writes in his blog. “It is designed to advocate for the rights of children while also providing protection resources to ensure their safety.”
Thousands of children are enslaved on fishing boats and in fishing villages in Ghana’s Lake Volta region. Challenging Heights rescues kids, rehabilitates them in a shelter, and then enrolls them in school so that they’ll be less vulnerable to trafficking in the future.
“We not only want to create awareness but be able to provide many perspectives including hearing from survivors of child trafficking and hazardous forced labor as well as from experienced community members,” James writes. “We want to discuss, debate, have student performances, provide information, and get the community engaged and excited.”
Learn more about Challenging Heights and the FTS Ghana program on our Ghana webpage – and watch a FTS mini-documentary of a child slavery rescue on Lake Volta.