BCS’ Mercy Project Changing Lives in GhanaFeatured Stories, News Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
A non-profit in Bryan-College Station is making a difference internationally.
Thanks to local support of Mercy Project, twenty-four children who were trafficked to work on fishing boats in Ghana for twelve to fourteen hours a day have been set free.
Executive Director Chris Field says Mercy Project taught villagers how to raise fish in tanks through aquaculture so that they wouldn’t need child labor.
After six months of working with the organization, the fishermen voluntarily let the children go, some of whom were as young as five.
He says the children were set free a week ago this Saturday, and have been taken to a rehabilitation shelter in Ghana where they will receive medical attention and psychological counseling, as well as begin formal education.
Field says Mercy Project will pay for the first two years of the children’s school fees once they are reintegrated into society.
ChrisField100812.mp3Chris Field visits with WTAW’s Kat McMullen
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