Celebrating Five Years at our Care Center

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In September 2012, 50 Touch A Life children moved to their new home at the Touch A Life Care Center. With dormitory-style housing, a kitchen, a dining hall, and a director’s house, the Care Center became the first long-term care facility specifically for child trafficking survivors in all of West Africa. Thanks to generous Legacy Partners, our Care Center has continued to be a safe and stable home for the Touch A Life kids. Full time Ghanaian house parents love each child as their own, getting every student ready for school and taking care of practical everyday needs. Staff cooks prepare nutritious meals from locally-sourced ingredients, some even coming directly from the Care Center garden. The Care Center has grown over the past five years as we added Connor Creative Art Center, Seth’s Social Center, Zachary’s House, an outdoor classroom, and a multi-purpose building. And our Touch A Life family has grown as well, with 30 new children joining us over the past five years. Our established partnership with Ghanaian Social Services and the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit has made it possible for Touch A Life to focus primarily on the holistic survivor care for each child. Ghanaian Social Services is now […]

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Leaf People, Branch People, Root People

Hello! It’s Emily, one of the Touch A Life interns here in Ghana, and I am sharing about our adventures yesterday. We had a beautiful, sunny start to our week. Maggie began the day presenting some intriguing facts about the state of Tennessee to the home schooled children. They loved the Tennessee mountain music, yummy moon pies, and guitar pick necklaces.       For the rest of the morning and early afternoon, we accomplished several things on our to-do list. The supply closet in the art center was cleaned and organized, and we were able to experience the art of batiking with Emmanuel. Throughout the day we were also able to begin working on pricing and organizing Zachary’s Porch, Touch A Life’s store on campus.     We ended the day with devotions. Tonight, TAL’s amazing social worker, Simplicia, talked to the children about being a good friend. Here is a quick, and not-so-elegant, recap of what she said: There are three types of people in the world: leaf people, branch people, and root people. The leaf people are just there to give you a little shade, but when you have no food on the table or they get […]

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Internship Update – Life Academy

Hello! This is Megan Youtsey writing today. I am one of the six Touch A Life Collegiate Interns traveling in Ghana. Today we went to the Life Academy studio at Eunimak’s Place! It was so amazing to meet all of the friendly faces and see all the amazing creations! We were honored to meet Eunice, the manager of the Sewing Collective, who is a teacher, a mother, and an inspiration of kindness and hard work to all who know her and work under her guidance.     After the tour we sat down to hear some information from Nana, Life Academy Director and an important contributor to the overall program vision. We discussed what trauma means to these young adults and what they have been through. Life Academy strives to do healing through action and there are two ways they achieve this. One way is through literacy and another way is through sewing and vocational skills. The final goal is to help them gain independence. We also got to learn from Rachel, the Life Academy Psychologist. She told us that there is often a stigma against therapy in Ghanaian culture. As a solution, she encourages psychoeducation and serves as a much-needed […]

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New Child Rescued Rescued from Slavery in Ghana

A 10-year-old boy has been rescued from slavery on Lake Volta and is now safe at the Touch A Life Care Center. Last week a boy named Remember was brought to our Care Center by Ghanaian Social Services. Just ten years old, he was reported to have been exploited and experienced the worst forms of child labor including slave-like conditions as well as physical and mental abuse. He also had no access to school or medical care. Now that Remember is at the Touch A Life Care Center, his wounds and medical needs will be treated, he will be given nourishing food to combat malnutrition, and he will be assessed by private tutors so he can begin attending school as he is able. We are thankful that Remember is now safe from exploitation and also for our strong partnership with the Ghanaian Anti-Human Trafficking Unit that working to eradicate child labor in their country. You can support Remember and other children like him by making a donation to the Touch A Life Care Center, which is the only long-term care facility for trafficked children in Ghana.

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Photo Essay: School Day

A typical school day for a Touch A Life child is a far cry from the days of forced labor that shadow the past. Dressed in neat uniforms, carrying school supplies and books in new backpacks, elementary and middle school students spend the day at a private school near the Touch A Life Care Center. Photographer Nancy Borowick followed a group of our students through their school day and offers us all a glimpse into the true freedom of education. This series is the second part of our education photo series. View the first half here. Help provide education for a child rescued from labor trafficking by becoming a Touch A Life Education Sponsor.

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How to Make Education Sponsorship Work

If you want to become an Education Sponsor for a Touch A Life child, but need some help with ideas for raising the $125 each month, here are some great ideas that our team has seen from our amazing donors. For more on becoming an Education Sponsor, read more on our Global Family page.

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Photo Essay: School Mornings in Kumasi

It is Monday morning and school is on the mind of each child at the Touch A Life Care Center in Kumasi, Ghana. Photographer Nancy Borowick followed a group of Touch A Life kids as they prepared for a school day and boarded their bus to a private school in town. To these kids who have experienced forced labor, exploitation, and a life of slavery, school is directly equated with freedom and the opportunity for education is never taken for granted. Help provide education for a child rescued from labor trafficking by becoming a Touch A Life Education Sponsor.

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Yoga Retreat for Trafficking Survivors

Touch A Life’s core vision is to rescue, restore, and renew those who have been exploited. At our Care Center in Ghana, over 70 children gathered for three sessions of yoga combined with the rhythms of West African drums and dance. Led by Nana, Touch A Life’s Life Academy Director and owner of Bliss Yoga Accra, the kids set out their yoga mats around Seth’s Social Center and participated in a series of stretches and poses designed to bring awareness to their bodies and breath. Nana’s message to each child was clear – you are powerful and you are full of love.

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At the Heart of Mothering

They may not share her DNA, but the girl’s of Zachary’s House are already firmly planted in the heart of our newest house mother, Anna.                                   Ma Anna certainly has her hands full with 13 of our youngest girls! She starts her day at 5 AM, organizing a morning devotion for her children. Before breakfast Ma Anna helps them with their assigned chores and then they all head to the dining hall for breakfast. Then she is at the top of her game, making sure each of her girls is dressed and ready for school! While they are at school, Ma Anna helps the kitchen staff with meal preparation and takes turns with the other house parents going to the market to shop. The houseparents also meet to discuss any challenges the children are facing and how to address them. Before starting her work at Touch A Life this past January, Ma Anna had worked as a Secretary for a Land Commission officer, a nanny, and studied hair dressing in school. As any mother will know, that is the perfect combination of experience for someone […]

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Meet the Interns: Cooper Elkins

Four incredible college students will be traveling to Ghana at the end of May to participate in our inaugural Summer Collegiate Internship Program. Our interns will be staying and working on projects at our Care Center in Ghana for seven weeks, so we asked them to share a bit about their lives and how they are looking forward to their time with the Touch A Life kids. Today we are introducing Cooper Elkins – welcome, Cooper! Tell us a little about yourself – the college you attend, your major, any career plans, etc. I am currently finishing my sophomore year at Auburn University. My major is in biomedical sciences, but I am pursuing a career in medicine. I am passionate about helping people, which, along with a lot of prayer, has led me to this career path. While I believe that working in any area of medicine gives me the opportunity to help many people, I am particularly interested in oncology. How did you first hear about Touch A Life? I first heard about Touch A Life through the Harpeth Hills Church of Christ Youth Group as an opportunity for mission work. What prompted you to apply for our internship program? After […]

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