Challenging Heights named beneficiary of 2012 Stop Modern Slavery Walk in Washington, DC

Accra, Ghana, 25 June 2012 –An exciting announcement was made earlier last week, naming Challenging Heights as a financial beneficiary of the 2012 Stop Modern Slavery Walk in Washington DC, USA. Challenging Heights is a nonprofit organization in Accra, Ghana that rescues, rehabilitates, educates, and protects children who are involved in forced labor, as well as those at risk of being trafficked. With the DC SMS walk expecting over 4,000 participants this year, Challenging Heights hopes to raise $20,000 in order to scale up its anti-trafficking efforts.

Challenging Heights was started by James Kofi Annan, a former child slave, who is now on the frontlines defending the rights of children and rescuing those in captivity. Challenging Heights is unique in its multifaceted approach to protecting the right rights of children, ensuring a secured, protected and dignified future and life for the youth in Ghana.

Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing illicit industries, with an estimated 27 million people enslaved worldwide. Local and international organizations will join Challenging Heights around the Washington Monument on Saturday, September 29, 2012 to raise awareness and funds for the anti-slavery movement.

To support the Challenging Heights team, please visit www.smswalk.org, click Register to Walk and join the Challenging Heights team. As an extra incentive to recruit participants, the Hovde Foundation will award the top individual recruiter with a 7-10 day all-expense paid trip to Ghana to witness the need for these critical efforts to rescue and rehabilitate survivors of modern slavery.

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