PACF works with partners in government, networks, international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), donor organizations and at the community-base to assess the needs of children, parents, guardians and family members. We jointly develop actions with our partners to improve the situation, while expanding local skills and capacities.
Child abuse is prevalent in Ghana. Children are abused all the time, in all forms (physically, emotionally, sexually and through child neglect). Many of the serious problems facing children are abuses, exploitation, child labour and its worst forms (especially child trafficking and crushing of stones) and domestic violence. We work in partnership with children, parents/guardians, the community, government and civil society to ensure its prevention and that those children’s issues are placed high on the national agenda.
“Child Labour” generally speaking, is work for children that harms them or exploits them in a way (physically, mentally, morally, or by blocking access to education). Though, not all work is bad for children, many children in hazardous and dangerous jobs are in danger of injury that destroys their health, hamper their education and causing even death. Beyond compassion, we consider who today’s children, will become in the future. We work to create awareness, educate and provide direct help to individual children. We assist parents/guardians and family members to raise family income as a support system.
To organize and promote awareness campaigns against human trafficking and child labour.
To sensitize Ghanaians and the international community on the effects of human trafficking, child labour and migration.
To work towards the elimination of human trafficking, child labour and migration.
To provide build capacities of communities to engage in the campaign and protect their people.
To place the Ghanaian dimension of trafficking and child labour on the global agenda for special attention and action.
To mobilize and motivate stakeholders at all levels to respond to the challenges posed by trafficking, child labour and abuses of the rights of children.
To rescue, rehabilitate, and reintegrate victims into their communities in accordance with their best interests.
To network and collaborate with concerned partners worldwide towards the elimination of human trafficking, child labour, migration and abuses of children.
To promote assistance to parents and guardians to support their children to remain in school.
To establish special school and community programs to educate and promote awareness of human trafficking, child labour and migration.
Human trafficking occurs in nearly every corner of the world including Ghana. Trafficking in persons is a modern-day slavery, involving victims who are forced, defrauded or coerced into labour or sexual exploitation. Approximately 800,000 people mostly women and children, are trafficked across national borders annually. This figure does not include the millions trafficked within their own countries. People are trapped into trafficking by many means. In some cases, physical force is used such as abduction. In other cases, false promises are made regarding job opportunities or marriages in foreign countries to entrap victims. Human trafficking is a clandestine operation, and its victims are hidden and afraid to come forward.
In Ghana child trafficking is prevalent. It is a crime under international law and a violation of the rights of the child. Trafficked children are persons below the age of 18 years, brought by intermediaries from rural deprived areas to the big cities and across the borders of the country. When children are trafficked, they are separated from their family and the community. Their isolation in another region or country where they usually neither speak the language nor have legal status makes them vulnerable to physical, psychological abuse and exploitation. They are exposed to long working hours, heavy loads, dangerous tools, fear and intimidation, severe punishment and are totally at the mercy of their employers who control their lives.
We work in partnership with communities in the rural areas to help them address the challenges of child trafficking, its dangers and effects, with government and civil society organizations to ensure that, child trafficking issues are high on the national agenda. Our work focuses on advocacy, prevention, protection, prosecution, rescue, rehabilitation, reunification and re-integration.
The majority of Ghanaian children complete the 10 years of mandatory basic school cycle, but quality of education has fallen over the years, especially in rural areas. We are working to ensure that school-age children are in school and have at least quality basic education. Despite their difficulties, and the obstacles they face, our children (15 to 18 years of age), have dreams. They yearn to participate in life, and to make meaningful contributions to the world around them. At PACF, we use a holistic approach to provide children at risk (especially girls), with the opportunities to realize such dreams. We offer them training, tools and help them succeed. Above all, we offer the children opportunity to be heard.
In order to address the multiple and complex needs of
children (including teenage mothers) as individuals,
and to build their confidence and social skills, we
- A welcoming and containing social environment – PACF believes in creating a warm, secure, and non-judgmental environment in which the young people who come into it immediately begin to experience what it feels like to have the value of their lives affirmed, and to be treated with respect, dignity, and kindness.
- Provision of school supplies and assistance to parents/guardians to ensure the children remained in school (especially the girl-child).
- Literacy education, life, vocational skills and alternative livelihood training.
- Psychological and personal development – this consists of developing individual resilience, self-efficacy, and a sense of future.
- a variety of recreational activities to facilitate the social readjustment and reintegration of the young people. These activities play an important role in providing different avenues in which the young people can develop their powers of self-expression. Activities on offer currently include seasonal excursions outside their communities, guided visits to museums, film shows and discussion groups, and classes in drama, drawing, fun games and singing.