today i would love to tell you about Mercy Project.
Heather Hendrick of the Mercy Project wrote these words about the group and their mission:
There’s an estimated 7,000 children who work in the Ghana fishing industry. Some of
these children are as young as 5 and 6 years old. All of these children are slaves.
Today many in our country will take a day off from our jobs to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers.
No matter if we’re celebrating at home or at the beach, we’re entering into a tradition that has largely been shaped by Labor Unions - organizations that are dedicated to protecting workers’ interests and improving their wages, hours, and working conditions.
Today as we lounge around or hang out with friends and family, we’re not only celebrating hard work, we’re honoring fair, ethical working practices and the laws that prevent discrimination, abuse, and child labor in our country.
Without these laws in place (and enforced), the most vulnerable members of society suffer.
Who are the most vulnerable? Children.
I’m unable to wrap my brain around the thought of my children engaged in long, hard days of physical labor, eating one meal a day, and then falling asleep at night on a dirt floor filled with other slave children.
Instead, the kids are often taken to Lake Volta where they become child slaves and their mothers never see them again.
Because of the work Mercy Project is doing in Ghana, the first group of children will be freed this month from Lake Volta.
*******please watch this documentary about the issues in Ghana and the HOPE Mercy Project is bringing! *******
Mercy Project is the only NGO working on Lake Volta addressing the injustice of child labor and child trafficking at its root - by strengthening the Ghanaian economy and eliminating the structures that cause the demand for trafficked children.
When Mercy Project frees their first group of children this month, we can all celebrate together.
thank you Heather....
i don't know about you, but when i hear about another kind of injustice i get to where i think about those children constantly.
i worry for them.
i hurt for them.
but i am so excited when i hear about REAL programs that are trying to fix things one step at a time.
one step at a time is better than no steps!
what would you do if this was happening HERE to our children?
these are children just like ours.
everyone deserves a chance!
let's support Mercy Project today.
can you donate today?
i would LOVE, love, looooove if ALL of my readers donated something today.
any amount is worth it.
i would love to say "WE support you Mercy Project"
$5.00 can buy you a fancy coffee or make a difference to a child in Ghana.
that is pretty amazing when you think about the impact your money can have!
you really do count in making a change!
“When the lives and the rights of children are at stake,
there must be no silent witnesses.” - Carol Bellamy
thanks for joining me.