Global Reach: Grantee Partners

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Challenging Heights


There are over 2.4 million “economically active” children (aged 5-17) in Ghana (Ghana Population Survey 2010), 240,000 of whom are considered to be victims of hazardous child labour. The International Labour Organisation’s Analytical Study on Child Labour In Lake Volta Fishing in Ghana (August 2013) estimates that 49,000 children work in the fishing industry on Lake Volta, with 21,000 forced to undertake hazardous child labour. Many “economically active” children are denied education because of the need to work instead of attending school.


Challenging Heights (CH) was founded in 2003 to help rescue, rehabilitate and provide education for young people who have been trafficked or have experienced the worst forms of child labour. It also supports at-risk and poor families to ensure that young people are protected from trafficking and child labour through education. Furthermore, Challenging Heights conducts advocacy at community and government levels, provides training for children and parents on child rights and health, and helps families improve their income levels so that returned trafficked children can attend school.

Current Grant:

EMpower’s 6th grant to Challenging Heights will provide livelihoods opportunities for 90 young women and men from families affected by trafficking or other terrible forms of child labour. The youth will also receive training in financial literacy, business management and IT (including online commerce).

You can support our work with Challenging Heights and our other grantee partners.

Our Underwriters pay for all of our administrative and fundraising costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to empowering at-risk youth.