Our goal is to prevent 500,000 people from becoming trafficked or enslaved by end of 2020.
Ignorance is a root cause of modern slavery and education is essential to ending slavery. We must stop it before it starts. Many unsuspecting parents believe their children will be given a better future because of false promises made by traffickers and slave masters.
ENA has developed and implemented our PEERD Anti-Slavery model:
Participate– alliance & partnership building.
Educate- sensitization & awareness raising.
Engage- influence systemic issues (media and advocacy).
Restore- identify, rescue, rehab, reintegrate, follow-up and livelihood support.
Deter- investigate, arrest, prosecute, convict and share.
This makes our anti-slavery model unique and sustainable with impacts because it has both upstream and downstream strategies. Downstream focuses on interventions at districts, city, community, family and individual level, the upstream targets systemic change by influencing national laws, policies, plans and programs. Our Trafficking-Free Road Campaign (TFRC) was created to promote zero-tolerance of trafficking on Ghana’s roadways. This involves hands on training, anti-trafficking sticker distribution and video screenings in commercial vehicles. Specifically, TFRC focuses on training drivers and transport owners on how to identify and report/refer cases of human trafficking taking place at public bus terminals or in commercial vehicles. This has resulted in an extremely effective prevention outreach program in the transportation industry. For example, in 2016 we trained 150 Ghana Private Road and Transportation Union leaders in the central region of the country which is endemic with trafficking. These leaders represent 100 separate transport stations. We gave them all a resource CD which contains ENA’s short anti-trafficking documentary on child slavery plus thousands of anti-slavery stickers with our hotline to report trafficking and brochures. They then went back to their respective stations to do step-down training for all the drivers and vehicle owners of each station. Assuming there were 150 drivers/vehicle owners in each station trained (which is a huge underestimation), this equals about 15,000 people sensitized/educated on modern slavery). Also, each driver shows the anti-slavery documentary in their Trotro (shared taxi’s), buses, or commercial transportation vehicles several hours per day. This documentary now is reaching hundreds of people every single day.
To learn more about Engage Now Africa’s other prevention programs click on them below.