THE INCONVENIENT AND HORRIBLE TRUTH

Lake Volta, is home to an estimated 20,000 child slaves.

Children as young as five are sold to human traffickers and made to work as fishermen for up to 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.

They are beaten. They are abused. They eat scraps off the table and sleep on the dirt.

Many of these children drown when forced to dive under the water to untangle fishing nets.

These forgotten children become yet another anonymous corpse, resting at the bottom of the lake. No one, it seems, grieves for them and no one is punished for enslaving and endangering them.

The only loss is a financial one. The fisherman who bought the child had paid the price of a cow to turn him into a slave.

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.

REHABILITATING
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.

PREVENTING
MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

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.

Contact

George Achibra Junior
project co-ordinator
+233 (0) 244 942 596
pacodepgh@yahoo.co.uk

George Senior Senior
+233 (0) 242 202 629

Prince Achibra
+1 240 543 5673

PACODEP (Partners in Community Development Programme)

Mailbox KK 50
Kete-Krachi
Volta Region
GHANA