Empowering Women in Ghanaian Communities
Themes: Community Development
Related GLA Programs: Ghana: Children of Africa™
Grant Recipient: Mother’s Heritage International
This organization is in its early stages of development, having been founded in 2018 by a summer Global Leadership Adventures staff and our local partner when they saw a need in the community.
Mother’s Heritage International is entirely community based and serves to help rescue, educate and support girls and women in Ghana through community education and helping to rescue and provide refuge for trafficked girls. While the organization is just getting off the ground, they have successfully completed three medical missions, and hosted their volunteer who has helped us reach out and educate other young women. Currently, donations go toward the cost of buying land, materials, and the other needs to create a home for the girls we would like to rescue from Lake Volta.
Thousands of children are currently living underneath the control of fishermen “masters”, where they are slyly taken from their families and forced into cruel labor on Volta Lake. These children, during hours of extensive labor, are often exposed to sexual abuse, untreated diseases, malnourishment, harmful practices and sometimes even death. By establishing well-maintained relationships on the lake through regular medical missions, Mother's is able to receive information from community members and undertake rescues with a team of people. Once they identify and are able to relieve a girl from the fishing industry, they bring her to an on-site home where she will receive medical attention, mental and emotional care, and a home to grow up and go to school in a healthy, nurturing environment.