Our story begins with a little boy and a broken heart
Mercy Project began in August of 2009 when I traveled to Ghana, Africa for the first time. On that trip, I met Tomas, the little boy you see in this picture.
Tomas is a child slave; one of an estimated 7,000 enslaved children who work in the fishing industry of Ghana today. Meeting Tomas both broke and stole my heart, and we have been working ever since that fateful day to bring justice and mercy to the enslaved children working on Lake Volta.
Our methods are different, and they have been from the very beginning.
We are seeking long-term, sustainable solutions that empower and equip the Ghanaians who use the children to work.
We want to be creative and innovative in our economic development projects. We don’t just want to rescue a few kids, we want to remove the structures that cause these children to work like this in the first place. Our ultimate goal is to work ourselves out of a job.
Our story is a story of hope, faith, and trust. We believe that good things happen when people give of themselves. We believe that great things happen when people join with others in giving of themselves.
Some incredible things are happening, and we thank God every day for the chance to be a part of it. We hope you will join us on the journey to make the world a better place.
Mercy Project Executive Director