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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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Meet the Interns: Casey Flow

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 Casey Flow – welcome, Casey! Tell us a little about yourself – the college you attend, your major, any career plans, etc. My name is Casey Flow and I am a freshman at Abilene Christian University. I am majoring in Child and Family Services with a minor in Psychology. I am leaning towards going into marriage and family therapy as a career. I love kids and families and would love to work with them in the future.  How did you first hear about Touch A Life? I heard about Touch A Life through my home church, Harpeth Hills. Also, Jamie and Lauren Burton were my coaches in the youth group. They have become some good friends of mine and they lead the trip when I first went to Ghana. What prompted you […]

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The Justice School

Summer is just around the corner and our Care Center in Ghana is going to be filled with activity and learning! From the end of May to the beginning of July, Touch A Life’s Collegiate Internship Program will be in full swing. Later in the summer our Care Center will be hosting The Justice School for a week of training. The Justice School is a faith-based intensive training course designed for young adults learning to competently fight Social Injustice. Their program started in Thailand in conjunction with Thrive Rescue, which focuses on care for young survivors of trafficking. This summer The Justice School will expand to Ghana and includes a week at the Touch A Life Care Center as part of their curriculum discussing aspects of fighting human trafficking, prevention, rescue, restoration, survivor care. The team includes Summer Downs, The Justice School Assistant Director and ten undergraduate students from the United States and South Africa. Touch A Life’s Ghana Director, Bernard Fianku, will speaking to the students on the practical aspects of caring for children who have been exploited. The Justice School team will also be sharing Art Healing methods with our Care Center staff while the children are at school. After The Justice School completes their week […]

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Painting the Court

If you want a real basketball court, it needs to have lines! Thankfully our most recent team that traveled to the Care Center in Ghana was up to the task. Opportunity Court is now complete with a three-point arcs, free throw lines, and the other regulation markings to make an official full basketball court. The Touch A Life kids can now practice their skills and play a pick-up game or two after school. Thank you to Jake Nolan and Amy Liddy for funding Opportunity Court, and to the team from First United Methodist Coppell for spending an afternoon painting!

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