What started out as an evening celebrating DC-area teens who have beaten the odds, turned into a blog post to raise awareness about child slavery in Africa. I recently attended the Children Defense Fund’s “Beat the Odds” Dinner in DC where I met Martha Newton, Executive Director of the Touch A Life Foundation. Her organization is doing great work to financially support the care of Ghanaian children rescued from slavery.
There’s child slavery in Ghana? There’s child slavery in DC? What?! As African Americans, we still experience the psychological, economic, and sociological effects of slavery and its legacy, as individuals and as a community. The idea of our little brothers, sisters, and cousins living as enslaved people is unimaginable. Not here. Not today.
Her organization’s work led me to other sites and articles about the prevalence of child slavery not only in many African countries but also here in the United States (not to mention other parts of the world). Can you even begin to imagine children enduring a system of slavery today?
Please take a few minutes to educate yourself and your family about the present-day issue of child slavery and more importantly, how you can make a difference. Click on the images or the links below to get started. We’ve come too far and we have too much to not stand up for others.
Oprah.com Story: Sold into Slavery