Lake Volta and Ghana
In 1965 Lake Volta was formed for the sake of electricity and mainly with obviously good intentions; to provide hydroelectric power to facilitate Ghana’s socioeconomic development. As much as being a blessing to national development, the creation of the dam, which was thought to possibly displace some 60,000 people eventually, displaced over 88,000 people (Quartey, 1969). In that, it also began the fishing industry, which has out turned to have devastating effects on the culture and fostering an idea of human trafficking to do so.
We work to stop child trafficking. In our efforts and research, we have found that the best way to do that is to change a culture from within. To teach a trade so that fishing and slavery isn’t the thing to turn to. This is where our vocational school was born.
Yeji is on the shores of Lake Volta and is known as the slave hub for Ghana. The community is faced with many problems including illiteracy, teenage pregnancy, and child trafficking. Many mothers single-handedly care for numerous children due to irresponsible fatherhood coupled with high birth rates. As a result, illiteracy rates continue to remain high in the area. Lack of good health is another issue that devastates the inhabitants of Yeji. Malaria and other fatal diseases deprive most children and adults of the joy of full and happy lives due to poor sanitation and improper health care. The Micah 6:8 Project takes a multi-faceted approach to help the people of Yeji by providing vocational training, primary school education, clean water wells, and medical treatment through our mission teams.