Initiative against child trafficking

Together with our Ghanaian partners, we have developed a programme to really improve the situation of the children, and to tackle and fight the cause of child trafficking directly at its root. The reasons for families to sell their children are poverty and their inability to provide for all of their children. The fishermen on the other side want cheap labour. These issues have to be tackled – jointly with the parents and the fishermen.

Parents sell their children for different reasons:

  • poverty
  • too many children, no family planning, no preventive health care
  • false pretensions and false promises from the buyers in regards of the future of the children
  • money in exchange for the child
  • false understandings of “tradition“
  • ignorance of legal bases and principles.

Measures to inform and to help the parents:

  • micro-loans
  • self-help projects, so that it is no longer necessary to sell the children
  • information and education on legal bases and principles

Fishermen use and rely on child labour for different reasons:

  • cheap labour
  • wrong belief (superstition) that children can dive longer and deeper
  • wrong belief that children are physically better equipped (e.g. smaller hands)
  • protection of their own children
  • no law enforcement
  • unawareness and ignorance of legal bases and principles
  • modern technology and adult workers are too expensive

Measures to inform and to help the fishermen:

  • self-help projects, so that is no longer necessary to buy the children
  • information and education on legal bases and principles

Rescue of the sold children:

The children are freed from their terrible situation by our partner-organization IJM (International Justice Mission) and handed over into our care. After their rescue, they find a safe place in our children’s home in Ho. They receive medical and psychological treatment and go to school. The further procedure and their future will be decided by the Ghanaian Ministry of Social Welfare. The ultimate goal is to bring the children back to their families and their former communities. For the long term, the children have to be able to get along in their own culture. That is why we try to find family members that can take care of them.

How can you help?
With a sponsorship you can provide and safe a place for a rescued child at our children’s home. With your steady donation, you help us to make sure that the children that come to us are provided with what they need e.g. medical and psychological treatment, food, clothes, education and love and care thanks to our foster parents.

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Become A Sponsor For A Child That Has Worked In The Fishing Industry Of Lake Volta

With your sponsorship, you can support our initiative against child trafficking and safe a place for a rescued child in our children’s home. Your steady donation helps us to make sure that the children that are handed over into our care are provided with what they need, e.g. medical and psychological treatment, food, clothes, education and love and care thanks to our foster parents.

The Ministry of Social Welfare decides on how long the children may stay in our care. That depends on several factors:

  • How traumatized is the child and for how long does it need psychological support?
  • Does the child have to testify in court?
  • Is the child in danger of being tracked down? (For safety reasons, the names of the children are changed.)
  • How sick is the child?
  • How much time does it take to find family members that are suited to take care of the child?
  • Usually, the children stay between 1–2 years.

Your sponsorship at a glance:

  • With 50 Euro a month, you can safe and secure a place for a child in our children’s home.
  • You receive information about the child that is supported through your donation.
  • You receive pictures and reports from our children’s home, annually.
  • You do not enter into any contractual obligations. You can quit the sponsorship at any time, without explanation.
  • Your sponsorship is tax-deductible. You will receive a tax receipt once a year.

For further questions, please call +49 (0) 160 7703867 or e-mail us via patenschaften@madamfo-ghana.de

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The Children’s Home In Ho

The rescued child-slaves get shelter in our children’s home in Ho.

There is enough space for about 90 children. The children get everything they need. Loving employees take care of them, as if they were their own. They experience love and affection, they are allowed to play and they can go to school.

Next to the dorm rooms on two floors, there is also a kitchen, a dining hall, a recreation room with a library, an office that can also be used as emergency shelter, and a first aid station. On the outside, you can find a beautiful playground and an amazing soccer field that we have built in cooperation with the BVB most recently.

Your steady donation helps us to maintain and to continuously improve the children’s home.

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How we provide for the rescued children:

  1. accommodation, food, clothes, school, education – by finding sponsors for our fisher children to cover the costs;
  2. qualified personnel to take care of the children – by financing our personnel with sponsorship money. Qualified personnel are of the utmost importance to professionally operate the children’s home.

You can support us by becoming a sponsor for the rescued child slaves or by becoming a sponsor for our personnel at site. If you are interested in helping, please use our contact form.


THE PROJECT AREA AT LAKE VOLTA