Donation of school books by International Book Project

The Village of Life Academy received a shipment of books by International Book Project as part of a partnership with Pacodep in Kete Krachi. The author Susan Ishmael-Poulos is the person responsible for connecting IBP and the Village of Life Academy. She brought boxes of books from Texas. The Academy will open their library soon. And what is a library without books?

Iqbal Masih Award for George Achibra sr

On the 28th of February 2013 George Achibra won the 2012 Iqbal Masih Award for the Elimination of Child Labour.
The United States Congress established the annual Iqbal Masih Award for the Elimination of Child Labour in January 2009 to recognize exceptional efforts by an individual, company, organization or national government to end the worst forms of child labour. This non-monetary award honours the spirit of Iqbal Masih, a Pakistani child sold into bonded labour as a carpet weaver at age four. He escaped his servitude and became an outspoken advocate of children’s rights, drawing international attention in his first fight against child labour. The boy was killed in Pakistan in 1995 at age 13.
George was selected for his work in rescuing hundreds of children from child labour and child trafficking in impoverished fishing communities in Ghana.

First child Village of Life goes to Senior High School

One of the older boys in the Village of Life is Joshua. When he was about 9 years old his parents died because of illness. A family member took care of the three children who were left behind. After some time Josh was told to go away to Lake Volta to work for some years for a total stranger to make money.

Joshua worked on a fishing boat with his master and another child slave. At night he slept a few hours in the canoe and for the rest he made long working hours on the Lake. Josh got food once a day and drunk water from the Lake. He was very scared of his master who beat him when he didn’t follow his orders or when he cried. In 2009 he was rescued by George and his organization and brought to the Village of Life.
In June 2012 Joshua completed Junior High School. He applied for Senior High School and he is admitted. A milestone, because Josh is the first of the Village kids who came that far! In the future he wants to become a pastor. For him Senior High School is a necessary step to achieve this. Meanwhile he hopes to learn more about ICT, because computers are the future.
We believe in him and know that this boy is part of the generation who will build a better Ghana. He is ready for the next step in his school career…
“Schooling is important, because it opens the gate for you to become whatever you want to be in the future,” according to Josh.

3 day campaign; elimination of child trafficking/child labour

Pacodep organised a three day campaign in the elimination of child trafficking and child labour in collaboration with the Cultural Affairs Department of the United States Embassy. The aim was to create much awareness on this issue. Theme was the role of the stakeholders in the community with the focus on the teacher and the assembly man.
“He who has imagination without learning, has wings but no feet. Let’s say NO to ignorance and educate ourselves on the human Trafficking Act.”
Many different speakers exposed the problem of child trafficking and child labour from different angles of incidence. They spoke about the political and legal point of view, but also about how to recognize a victim, the psychological effects of being a victim and their treatment.
The attendance was good and people distinguished the importance of the fight against child trafficking. At the end of the campaign every participant got a t-shirt and a certificate.
Pacodep was very satisfied with the progress and results of this campaign.

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