Tag Archives: Child Labor

What’s My Name?

“What’s my name?” A new volunteer will hear that time and time again during their stay at the Care Center in Kumasi. When I take teams, we always send out a master list of all the kids bios in advance so that the group can learn a few names + faces before they arrive. It will take time and effort to study their beautiful, little faces and find one thing that will set them apart from the other 82 children and teenagers. Remember the story that God will leave the 99 and go after the one? I think that is the scripture that I am reminded of with these children. They are all so beautiful in the eyes of God. He wants them called by name. The Touch A Life children come from horrific backgrounds and carry heartbreaking stories of abandonment and rejection. They have been orphaned or sold by their parents into a life of slavery. I ask myself: How does one find self worth in life again after watching money or livestock exchanged for their freedom? I don’t know. I personally cannot wrap my head around the betrayal these innocent souls have been asked to endure. Taking care […]

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What can I do that will make a difference?

For so many of us, that question stirs up a place of doubt and shame. We believe the lie, deep down, that we’re not unique enough. Gifted enough. Rich enough… to make a true impact. So we give up, allowing shame and guilt to whisper in our ears ‘not enough’ in new ways. What if we turned that question around? Turned it into a challenge. A kind of kindling that sparks new inspiration. For years I walked through my days with a desire to speak life into survivors and tell them how strong, worthy, talented and more than enough they are. But I didn’t know where to start so I did nothing but listen to the echo of “not enough” in my head. Until one day I decided something was better than nothing. Starting small was still a start. That’s when The Arise Box began. One Christmas, with help from generous donations, I filled 50 care packages and sent them to local survivors who were recovering in safe homes. In order to keep going, I began building a subscription box that used part of the profits to fund more care packages and empower human trafficking survivors. The Arise Box is […]

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World Water

Today is World Water Day. Clean drinking water is something that we take for granted every single day. Many Ghanaians do not have access to clean water or proper sanitation facilities, and many face water scarcity during the dry season. When we arrived in Ghana, we were cautioned against drinking any water that was not in a plastic bottle with an unbroken seal. Thankfully we were never in a situation where we did not have access to clean water. As we drove down the streets, there were men and women selling small plastic bags of clean water. Along each side of the street, there are trenches littered with garbage and excretion creating dirty, contaminated water. Unfortunately, many families rely on surface water to survive, leaving them more susceptible to water-related illness and disease. According to research conducted by Water.org, “seventy percent of all diseases in Ghana are caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.” Pam explains in her book, Jantsen’s Gift, why it is essential for the children and staff at Touch A Life to have access to a well. “Ghana is one of several nations where it’s possible to contract a disease called Guinea worm from drinking contaminated water. […]

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Class assignment sheds light on modern-day slavery

When Blair Burney was asked to represent a non-profit organization as a project in her Public Relations Writing class, she realized she was given a great opportunity. Rather than simply complete the assignment with a random organization, Blair decided to use her class project to raise awareness about enslaved and exploited children. Several years earlier, when Blair was a student at Coppell High School near Dallas, TX, she heard about Touch A Life through a student club named “Hope for Africa.” Blair remembered the Touch A Life story immediately when she was asked to come up with a non-profit to study in her class at UNT. She began her research by reading Jantsen’s Gift and gathering information from the Touch A Life website. Blair then visited the Touch A Life headquarters in Dallas and set up an interview with Pam Cope and the Touch A Life staff. Blair told us, “When I first met Pam she was warm, open, and interested in all of my questions, as well as some questions my roommate had. She made me want to get involved and made me want to go to Ghana and help!” Part of the class project was writing an article to […]

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Life After the Rescue

The International Labour Organization has named today “World Day Against Child Labor”. Concerned citizens and aid workers across the globe are coming together to spread awareness about a crisis that few see first-hand. “Rescue” is what comes to mind for most people, after hearing about children trapped in modern day slavery, living in poverty and forced to work with no education and no pay. But rescue does not indicate a one-time action; rather, to rescue someone is to embark upon a long-term journey that leads to freedom. The Touch A Life Foundation is committed to providing holistic customized care for the children in all of our programs that reaches far beyond the day each one is rescued from slavery. The 47 children living at the Touch A Life Care Center in Ghana are lovingly cared for by our Ghanaian house parents and in-country staff. Their days are full as they attend classes at Joy Standard School, play sports, dance, swim, and create masterpieces in the therapeutic art center. Some of the older children living at the Care Center prepare for the future with vocational training. They shadow skilled volunteers who travel to Ghana to provide services, like dental and medical […]

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