Joseph's parents were impressed by the friendly man who came to their village. He ran a successful fishing enterprise and was looking for new recruits. Joseph’s parents felt this was an excellent opportunity for their son. But now he does backbreaking work every day on a fishing canoe.
He works in brutal and dangerous conditions for up to 18 hours a day, hauling nets and paddling the canoe. Sometimes getting a meal, and sometimes not, he experiences hunger and exhaustion. If he doesn't work fast enough, he is beaten.
Joseph is one of over 24,000 children in Ghana who work as child slaves. Lured by false promises of an education and a future, children as young as 4 end up working for slavemasters in cruel and inhumane conditions.
Bethany is preparing foster homes for children rescued from child labor in Ghana. We care for orphans and children in need by providing temporary care, medical support, housing, and counseling.
Help a boy like Joseph escape and live with a caring family.