Our Partner: Challenging Heights
Since 2009, the Hovde Foundation has been supporting one of Ghana’s most fascinating figures, James Kofi Annan (founder of Challenging Heights), in his efforts to eradicate slavery in his home country of Ghana. Himself a former child slave in the Lake Volta fishing industry, James knows firsthand about the plight of children in bondage — as well as the challenges that these children will face after they are liberated. Initially funded from his personal earnings, James’ founded one of the largest anti-trafficking organizations in West Africa and now educates, rescues, rehabilitates, and advocates for child slaves, as well as those at risk of being trafficked. As a powerful and inspiring speaker, James has become an internationally- recognized leader against slavery.
Challenging Heights also supports at-risk and struggling families to ensure that vulnerable children are protected from trafficking, and works to change the local culture by enabling Ghanaian communities to reject child exploitation. The need for this work is encapsulated in James’ story of how education can truly transform the lives of former slaves and other vulnerable children by providing them the hope and encouragement to become agents of change for others.
Challenging Heights‘ mission is in line with the Hovde Foundation’s priorities, which is why we have partnered to establish a new rehabilitation shelter for rescued children. After more than a year of construction, the newest Hovde House was completed in the Fall of 2011 with a capacity of 65 children.
The Hovde House is the first point of refuge for rescued children, offering a transitional home for holistic rehabilitation, survivor support, aftercare, and love!
To join in supporting the children at this Hovde House, you can make donations through the Global Child Survivors Fund, here: