PACODEP (Partners in Community Development Programme)
RESCUING THE CHILD SLAVES
PACODEP’s rescue mission is a process, not an event. It starts with identifying the potential victims of modern-day slavery from among all the children and youth working on Lake Volta (many are victims of child labour, but not of forced labour). The rescue mission is conducted with utmost care for the safety and well-being of the child.
THE RESCUED CHILDREN
PACODEP’s Village of Life houses a temporary shelter, kindergarten, primary school, junior high school, together with a senior high school (under construction), as well as PACODEP’s clinic and pharmacy (both still to be equipped). Village of Life, in essence, gives the rescued children their life back.
It is a place where children can be children, not slaves forced to work. Lake Volta, where the rescued children used to work, can be seen from the Village of Life. Yet, it seems thousands of miles away.
Along our educational activities for children, we also train local fishermen. We want to work in collaboration with the Ghanaian society and raise awareness that slavery is prohibited.