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Rescued trafficked children at Village of Hope receive support

By Samuel Agbewode, Ho - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Executive Director of Partners in Community Development Programme (PACODEP), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Mr. George Achibrah, has stressed the need for society to help protect children from all forms of abuse, and offer support to trafficked children who had rescued by his organisation.

Mr. Achibrah said the protection of children, particularly those saved from the hands of child traffickers on the Volta Lake, needed more assistance, which he said PACODEP could not deal with alone, without the provision of materials that would help in child growth and development by organizations, groups and individuals.

The Executive Director said this when the Kete-Krachi area branch of the World Vision International presented items, including footballs, foot wares,jerseys, and other recreational items to the PACODEP Village of Life at Kete-Krachi in the Krachi-West District.

Mr. Achibrah pointed out that child trafficking ought to be seen as a major factor militating against the development efforts of the country, and called for a holistic approach to deal with the menace, noting that abuse of children does not only ruin their future, but also creates a major developmental problem for the country.

He thanked the management of World Vision for the assistance, which he said, would go a long way to promote child development activities at the Village, and called on other organisations, groups and individuals, to emulate the gesture.

The World Vision Area Manager at Kete-Krachi, Mr. Francis Mensah, said his organisation was prepared to promote social development in communities, stressing that the activities of PACODEP was vital to the development of the country, and ought to be supported.

Mr. Mensah stressed that World Vision International was committed to the development efforts of the country, especially in the rural areas, as well as support the less privileged in society.

He further noted that issues of child growth and development needed to be regarded as important in the future development activities of the country.

He assured the public that his organisation would continue to show greater commitment to national development activities in the country, adding that support given by World Vision should be considered by the beneficiaries as vital to their development, and charged communities that benefited from World Vision's assistance projects that they own the facilities, and should therefore take good care of them.

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