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Anti Child Trafficking Project

From October 2008 to September 2009, International Needs Ghana implemented an anti-Child Trafficking Project with funding from International Needs United Kingdom. The project was aimed at rescuing and /or preventing 300 children from trafficking for labour purposes in cattle herding in five beneficiary communities in the South-Tongu District of the Volta Region of Ghana. The communities were Atsieve, Dendo, Yorkutikpo, Dorkploame and Fievie-Kpodzi. When the project came to term, 326 children were rescued and prevented from child trafficking, thus the actual target of 300 children was exceeded.

A baseline survey was conducted on the effects of child cattle herding within a cross section of beneficiary communities with findings disseminated to the entire project beneficiary communities. This was to educate and sensitize them on the negative effects of child cattle-herding and to prepare them to be advocates of the project. A transition school was set up to help child cattle-herders within the project communities to receive basic literacy training pending their release and subsequent placement into formal education.
As part of measures to ensure that the children were well motivated to remain in school after their placement into formal schools, each child received two sets of school uniforms, exercise books, pens, pencils, sandals and school bags.