In collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) / the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), International Needs Ghana embarked on two anti- child labour projects which ended in December 2005. They were:
Withdrawing and preventing children in fishing in the Gomoa and Awutu, Effutu, Senya Districts in the Central Region
Withdrawing and preventing children at risk or involved in commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC) in the Accra Metropolitan Area.
Under the anti-child labour in fishing project, a baseline survey was conducted to measure the extent to which children were engaged in fishing, and eliminate it as one of the most hazardous forms of Child Labour. The one and half year project successfully prevented more than 644 children who were either at risk or involved in fishing or victims of the fishing trade. 634 children were enrolled in formal schools and provided with school uniforms, stationery and school levies while the remaining ten were placed in vocational skills training with their training fees fully paid for and their training materials provided.
The CSEC project ensured the enrolment of 239 children in formal schools and provided them with learning materials. 65 girls who were identified as victims to CSEC, benefited from vocational skills training. They were placed in either sewing or hairdressing in their various communities, provided with start-up tools and counseled to reorient their minds on the need to stay focused on their chosen skills. The project also had a micro credit component to support some mothers of beneficiary children, to ensure that the children continued with their education or skills training when the project came to term.