Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mercy Project. Child Slavery in Ghana.

"The Mercy Project exists to help rescue children around the world who are in slavery. We are deeply committed to speaking on behalf of these kids who have no voice.
We hope these pages will help give you a better idea of who we are and what we are about. Even more importantly, we want you to get a better idea of what is happening with the children in Ghana and what a bunch of regular folks like us can do about it.
Here’s the bad news: Right now, in Ghana, West Africa, there are an estimated 7,000 children in slavery. Some of these children have been sold for as little as $20. Many of them are as young as 5 or 6 years old. The kids often work as many as 100 hours a week as fishermen. They fish, mend nets, and scoop water out of leaking boats. They rarely smile or laugh. Their childhoods have been stolen.

Here’s the good news: We can do something about it. Yes, you and I. It doesn’t matter if you are not rich or famous. In fact, the Mercy Project was started by a guy who is far from rich and certainly not famous, and I started the project for people just like me. People who want to make a difference in the world but don’t know where to start. People who wish there was something they could do to help but feel overwhelmed. People who want to help make the world a better place.
So here’s the bottom line: The number one reason that more children cannot be rescued from Lake Volta is because of a lack of housing. That’s where we come in. Every $40,000 we raise will build a house where up to 25 rescued children can live. These are homes where hope can live.

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