Mercy was a little girl when she was chosen to become a Trokosi slave. Her grandmother had stolen some beads, and according to the Trokosi practice, Mercy needed to atone for the sins of her family. Mercy was taken from her family to live in a world where she was regularly sexually and physically abused by the fetish priest.
Thankfully, International Needs is working to end the Trokosi practice. After years of suffering, Mercy became one of over 3,500 young women to be freed from slavery. Mercy now works with International Needs, traveling to remote villages in Ghana and helping other girls experience the same freedom she now knows.
Year Ministry Began: 1984
Executive Director: Rev. Walter Pimpong
Since 1984, International Needs has been on the forefront of the fight against the Trokosi practice, a cruel tradition which removes young girls from their families to serve as slaves to the village priest. By negotiating with the priests and pointing out the evils of slavery, IN has seen thousands of young women set free. With the government of Ghana now committed to eliminating the Trokosi practice, International Needs is determined to free every young girl from slavery.
A big part of the Trokosi Freedom effort is what to do with the women and children once they are free. The Vocational Training School at Adidome provides a place for vulnerable women to receive counseling and also to learn the skills that will help them to provide for their families. The children of these women are provided with a Christian education at the International Needs schools in the Volta region of Ghana. These children, born in difficult circumstances, receive the tools to escape poverty and live meaningful lives.
In some remote areas of Ghana, women are seen as second class citizens. As property. Messages are burned into a woman's heart and mind from the time she is a little girl. You are helpless. You are weak. You are no good. These messages make her easy prey to many forms of physical and sexual abuse.
Changing this message deep within an abused woman's heart is at the core of gender empowerment programs in Ghana. Once she truly believes she matters, a woman transforms the tools International Needs provides into a new life. She is brave. She is powerful. She is unstoppable.
Your support of gender empowerment programs like vocational training sparks a fire that will change a woman forever. Please help us support women in difficult situations as they make new lives for themselves and their children.
When you live in poverty in rural Ghana, if you want a Bible, you probably can't get one.
A family in this situation has between $18 to $21 a week to live on and a Bible costs about $25. Parents simply don't have the money to buy a Bible, even for the whole family to share.
We need your help to change all that.
We want every child and teacher in our Ghana schools to have a Bible. But we're not stopping there: we want every child to know what the Bible means! We want them to be able to participate in Bible clubs, with kid-friendly curriculum that will help them grow closer to Jesus.
But we need your help to make this happen! We still need $50,000 (of a total of $150,000) to provide Bibles for 6,000 kids and teachers. This amount includes a program to teach what the Bible is all about in a way that kids can easily understand. Please, will you join us by donating $50, $100, $250, or even $1,000? Any amount is needed and welcome! Your donation is a critical part of reaching every single child.
We also have an exciting announcement! Every gift given for One Kid, One Bible will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000. That means your gift will have twice the impact toward the $50,000 we have left to raise! Donate today to have double the impact!
Ten-year-old Kelvin from Ghana needs open heart surgery and his family simply can't afford to pay for it. Can you help save this little boy's life?
Two years ago, Kelvin seemed to be a perfectly healthy kid. But in the middle of the summer in 2013 he started complaining of neck pain and felt exhausted all the time. Kelvin was no longer the active kid his family recognized, but a tired and extremely sick little boy.
Kelvin's mom tried to get the help her son needed, but nobody could figure out what the problem was and he continued to get worse. Finally a doctor put the mysterious pieces together and referred him to a cardiothoracic center where he was diagnosed with a severely defective heart valve. This means that Kelvin needs open heart surgery to replace the defective heart valve.
Kelvin's parents are separated - his dad is an alcoholic and his mom can't work because of the care Kelvin needs. This is a family that simply cannot afford heart surgery and we want to help Kelvin and his family through this difficult time.
Kelvin has a chance to live a normal, healthy life. We need to raise $12,000 in the next 30 days for his open heart surgery, anesthesia, intensive care hospital stay, and follow-up care. When asked to help with a critical need like this, it is a blessing and a privilege to say yes.
Will you say yes with us by donating to save this little boy's life? Please don't wait - Kelvin needs our help now!
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