Why are the kids in slavery?
As with many parts of Africa, there is a great deal of poverty in Ghana. Unfortunately, this leaves many mothers in an unimaginable position: sell their children to someone they believe can take better care of them or watch them starve to death. Most of the mothers are told their children will be given food, housing, and an education. Instead, the kids are often taken to the lake where they become child slaves.
How is Mercy Project received by the fishermen in Ghana?
Because the intent of Mercy Project is not to go in and buy/take the children back (thus contributing to the cycle of slavery), but to instead partner with the fishermen to give them an economic alternative to make a living without the use of slave children – we have been well received within the villages we have visited. In fact, they share meals with us, invite us to sleep in their huts, and ask us to preach in their churches.
What happens to the kids once rescued?
Upon rescue, the children will be taken to a rehabilitation center where they will receive psychological counseling, medical attention, and begin basic schooling. They will remain there between 6-8 weeks unless their condition necessitates that they stay longer. During this time, their families are contacted by social workers and prepared for the return of their child. After the children are returned home to their families, social workers continue to make follow-up visits to prevent re-trafficking. These visits will continue for several years to ensure stability for both the rescued children and their families.
Is Mercy Project a 501c3 non-proift organization?
Yes! We are recognized by the IRS as a non-profit organization, and all donations made to Mercy Project are tax-deductible as per allowed by the law. We send year end tax statements to each donor every January.
How will my donation be used?
Your donation will be used to fund our work in Ghana as we create sustainable economic projects and work to rescue the children in slavery on Lake Volta. If you want to donate to a specific project, need, or event, please let us know. We are happy to work with our supporters to make sure they feel confident about the way their money is used.
Is Mercy Project affiliated with a religious organization?
In short, no. But we were founded because we believe that this is the kind of thing that God wants his people to be doing. We are passionate about connecting people with this incredible chance to help the kingdom come here on earth as it is in heaven. That being said, we are proud of the fact that many, many of our supporters do not share our religious motivation but believe in us and our passion enough to want to be a part of it. That means a lot to us, and we work very hard to make sure anyone who wants to be involved can find a place.