Using tips from local communities or family members, specific children are located within fishing camps along the lake. Rescuers work with local law enforcement to to secure their release. Specifically, the steps are:
1. Identify enslaved children
2. Document family/village history
3. Obtain documents and warrants
4. Confirm enslaved will leave
5. Schedule with authorities
6. Approach slave holder
SUMMER RESCUE 2018
RESCUE OPERATIONS ARE IN PROGRESS ON LAKE VOLTA
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Children have been identified for rescue on the lake. Working with CHALLENGING HEIGHTS (our local NGO partner in Ghana), ASN is raising the funds required to cover rescue costs.
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An unusually large group of 43 children has been identified for rescue - but current funds are not sufficient for such a large group of children. The rescue team will stay on the lake until they run out of funds - but after that, they will be forced to leave the remaining children on the lake (in slavery). We are roughly $20K short of rescuing all of the children identified
There are an estimated 21,000 children enslaved in the fishing industry on Lake Volta, in Ghana West Africa.
ABOLISH SLAVERY NOW
HOW FUNDS ARE UTILIZED
Rescue efforts are a huge logistical effort, especially given the size of Lake Volta.
The lake is one of the largest reservoirs in the world. Superimposed over Southern California, the lake would stretch from San Diego nearly to Bakersfield, yielding nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline, and over 3,200 square miles of surface area. Covering that much territory in hired boats can take several weeks, and requires large amounts of fuel. These items are the largest components of the rescue cost.
In addition, law enforcement and other support personnel are required for the weeks on the lake, adding additional cost to the rescue effort.