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Painting Projects in the Ghana Art Center

Each weekend the Touch A Life kids gather in Connor Creative Art Center for art classes and art healing sessions. Kwame, our Art Center Director, teaches classical painting techniques and traditional West African art styles. This month, some of our older students learned about creating shadows with color.           During a later session, Doris and Benjamin A. demonstrated their skills to the group as they finished up their village scene paintings. They carefully signed each piece and gave them to our team to bring back to the United States. Some of the artwork will be available at the Touch A Life Art Auction this fall in Dallas!           You can sponsor a Touch A Life child’s Art Healing programming for just $30 a month! Read more about becoming an Art Sponsor at touchalifekids.org/art-sponsorship.

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Sharing Culture through Archaeology

When Leah McCurdy heard that her mother would be visiting the Touch A Life Care Center in Ghana for the second time, she had an idea. As an archaeologist and lecturer at University of Texas at Arlington, Leah is interested in educating and benefitting the communities around archeological places, so her natural inclination was to provide a learning experience for the Touch A Life kids to learn about West African heritage. Over a year ago, Leah and several other archeologists began the Fajina Archeology Outreach. Leah explained, “Fajina is a modern Maya word that means communal labor. Members of a community give their time for the good of the community to make sure that everyone can benefit from working together.” While their primary work began in Belize near an archaeological site, Leah was happy to expand the program to Ghana. While at the Care Center, Leah’s mom, Sally, showed a video of Leah and her colleagues explaining the project and the Touch A Life kids were able to work on a coloring and letter writing project. The project included information about traditional West African dolls, fabric, colors, and symbols. The letters that the kids wrote will be delivered to children in Belize to share cultural knowledge. Leah’s […]

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A Party for Everyone

Earlier this year a team from Coppell, TX, visited the Touch A Life Care Center and threw two incredible parties! The first was a big birthday party for every Touch A Life kid. Since some children came to Touch A Life with no birth records, our annual party makes sure that no one is left out from the birthday fun.       The Texas team also brought supplies and gifts to host a staff-appreciation party for our Care Center’s hard-working houseparents, cooks, drivers, and maintenance team. We are so incredibly thankful for the Ghanaian staff that has sacrificed so much to create a loving home for every child being restored after exploitation. The staff party was a proper Texas BBQ in Ghana, complete with grilled chicken, red bandanas, and gift bags for a little pampering!           Thank you so much to the amazing travelers who organized both of these parties! If you are interested in volunteering in the US or Ghana, read more about getting involved.  

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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

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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

Baba walks up from the Care Center to meet the school bus.

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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Seven Children Who Need Sponsors

At the Touch A Life Care Center in Ghana, there are over 70 children who are given a safe and loving home, far from the dangers of trafficking and child labor. Our generous child sponsors commit each month to ensure that every child has housing, nourishing food, clothing, and medical care. As we start a new year, we have seven children who do not have a child sponsor. We would love for you, your family, or your community to choose one of these children to support. Abedinago Abedinago loves playing soccer, and he is enjoying learning to play other sports like basketball and volleyball. His favorite animal is an elephant, and likes all of the fun creatures that live at the Care Center, like the chickens and dogs. Abedinago loves gospel music, and he especially loves worshipping at Sunday morning church services.         Akwesi Akwesi is a darling young boy who is enjoying being homeschooled at the Care Center along with 26 other students. He likes playing sports and telling jokes with his friends. His favorite animal is a duck, and he loves playing with toys. Akwesi’s favorite music to listen to is Christmas music!     […]

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Run and Give Back

    Over a year ago, Gisselle made the decision to run in the TCS New York City Marathon, her very first marathon race. As an encouraging gift, a friend sent her a subscription to Runner’s World Magazine where Gisselle read an interview with a former New York Marathoner from Ghana, Wesley Korir, who mentioned that his must-read book is Jantsen’s Gift. Intrigued, Gisselle read the book and immediately knew that Touch A Life would be the perfect cause to help as she promoted her marathon run. “The more I kept reading, the more beautiful the story became. I always wanted to give back and be involved in something, and the way Pam gave felt so organic,” Gisselle shared. With a handful of charitable projects under her belt, Gisselle started an online fundraiser and asked friends and family to donate to Touch A Life before her marathon. The goal was set at $800, but before she ran in early November, Gisselle raised over $1,300!     On marathon day Gisselle conquered the 26.2 miles in just under four and a half hours and she’s determined to stay involved with Touch A Life’s work and help in any way she can, including running her […]

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The Corn Harvest

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Walking among his newly planted field of corn stalks, Mr. Morgan seems content. It was only six months ago that he and two farmhands planted a hearty variety of corn while a deep drought lingered over West Africa. There was some doubt whether a harvest would come, but conversations of increasing food prices at the market steered the decision — they would plant, pray, and be wise with the water. As Operations Manager and Head Houseparent, providing healthy food for the Touch A Life kids is a top priority for Mr. Morgan. He had a plan. The corn fields at the Touch A Life Care Center in rural Kumasi, Ghana, are a big step toward making the campus fully sustainable. Corn is a staple in the West African diet — porridge, banku, and other Ghanaian dishes are made from ground corn meal. With over 70 children plus staff at the Care Center, the expense of corn can quickly add up. After months of watching and waiting, Mr. Morgan stood with amazement at the edge of the corn fields. The yellow corn had survived the drought and produced a bountiful harvest. After the corn was ground and poured into woven bags, […]

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