Report: Hen Mpoano Builds a Child Labour and Trafficking (CLaT) monitoring database

Report: Hen Mpoano Builds a Child Labour and Trafficking (CLaT) monitoring database

Report: Hen Mpoano Builds a Child Labour and Trafficking (CLaT) monitoring database

The Child Labour and Trafficking (CLaT) monitoring database, built by Spatial Data Infrastructure and Management Information Services (SpIMS) was undertaken with the intention of producing a state-of the art relational spatial database system to enhance long-term monitoring of children at-risk and survivors of trafficking. The database was developed under the auspices of the EU-funded Securing Child Rights in the Fisheries Sector (SECRIFISE) project led by Hen Mpoano and implemented in partnership with Challenging Heights and CEWEFIA.

The activity aimed to develop a spatial database for purposively monitoring at-risk and trafficked children over the long-term. By extension, the database makes available a detailed and up-to-date spatial information about trafficking for utilization by decision makers in the human trafficking space to track trafficking victims and reintegrate them with their families after rescue. To this end, the database possesses an advanced structural data entry functionality which accommodate all current and future data structures generated on trafficked children in Ghana.

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https://henmpoano.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Report-on-CLaT-Spatial-Database-Development.pdf 

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SECRIFISE_Law Enforcement Activity Report

SECRIFISE_Law Enforcement Activity Report

SECRIFISE Law Enforcement Activity Report

In line with the strategy to eliminate child trafficking, especially in the fisheries sector, the SECRIFISE project seeks to improve institutional capacity and coordination for enforcement of anti-ClaT legislation and reporting by community structures to law enforcement agencies. The training was done in two folds; at the Regional and District level. The Regional level training was conducted in partnership with a sister project- “Support to the Fight Against Human Trafficking in the States of Gulf of Guinea” implemented by Expertise France and with coordination from the MoGCSP

A series of workshops were organized by Hen Mpoano for Law enforcement officers drawn from include Anti- Human trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police, Ghana Immigration, Economic and Organized crime Office (EOCO) and FBI and staff of the attorney general’s department. The second phase of the training also brought to the training, members constituting child protection structures at the grassroots such as the DCPC, assembly men, CCPCs and child rights advocates in addition to law enforcement.

 

https://henmpoano.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/SECRIFISE_Law-Enforcement-Activity-Report.pdf 

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Hen Mpoano begins Tree Planting in Cape Three Points Forest

Hen Mpoano begins Tree Planting in Cape Three Points Forest

Hen Mpoano begins Tree Planting in Cape Three Points Forest

Large areas around the Cape Three Point forest reserve have been degraded through logging and small scale mining or repurposed for agricultural use such as as rubber plantation. 

Under the French Embassy funded PISCCA program, Hen Mpoano together with fringing communities are raising ten thousand (10,000) native tree seedlings to reforest fragmented areas to connect terrestrial forest to the coastal wetland.

Currently, five thousand, eight hundred (5800) seedlings have been raised in the Adelazo and Akyinim nursery sites. The first wave of planting saw a total of 1500 seedlings being planted within the fragmented areas of the forest reserve.

The Project implemented by Hen Mpoano in collaboration with WAPCA seeks to enhance the protection of the primate population of the Cape Three Points KBA by strengthening community-based structures for effective forest patrol and monitoring, restoring degraded primate habitat around the CTPFR and adjoining wetlands and support forest-dependent households with ecosystem-based livelihood innovations

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Hen Mpoano trains forest monitoring teams on the use of SMART tools

Hen Mpoano trains forest monitoring teams on the use of SMART tools

In a 3 day training from 6th to 7th October, 2020 that drew participation from communities fringing the Cape 3 points Forest and Subri Forest Reserve. Hen Mpoano trained forest monitoring teams on the use of SMART tools to conduct monitoring within their respective boundaries within the forest. The training was the first among a series of trainings targeted at stakeholders to facilitate efficient monitoring of protected areas and tracking of changes to support decision making and enforcement of regulations protecting the flora and fauna.

The training took participants through the use of GPS devices. Discussions covered the technology behind location finding, basic GPS unit setup, GPS accuracy among others. Participants were walked through setting up their GPS units, battery checks, battery replacement and basic maintenance/cleaning of the GPS devices.
The training also looked at the protocols for recording and reporting information.
The trainees were taken through recording of waypoints, tracking their movement and documenting their observation using structured forms. The workshop then proceeded in practical session where participants practiced recording data with the GPS. The participants learnt how to use analogue compass. They learnt how to orient themselves using the magnetic north. They were also taught basic forest navigation skills.

The training was supported by the French Embassy- PISCCA Programme, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and Global Forest Watch.

New Publication: “SUCCESS STORY:27 Rescued Children Reintegrated: Dreams of Trafficked Children made Possible”

New Publication: “SUCCESS STORY: 27 Rescued Children Reintegrated: Dreams of Trafficked Children made Possible”

Under the EU-funded SECRIFISE project, 31 children (23 boys and 8 girls) were rescued on the Volta Lake in August 2020. These children were hosted for 8 months at a secure and child-friendly rehabilitation Centre, where they went through some medical assessments and treatment in addition to psychosocial counseling and therapies.
After rehabilitation at the shelter, 27 (males:21, females:6) children have successfully been reintegrated with parents, relatives and foster parents. Reintegration of rescued children, if not thoroughly done can result in children being maltreated psychologically, physically and mentally or worse,
re-trafficked especially when these rescued victims return to the same environment they were trafficked from. Before the children were reunited with their caregivers, the team traced their parents/caregivers; developed case files on them through direct interaction and observed the general environment over a few months to ensure they are suitable.

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SECRIFISE Pilots the Creation Of Child Labour Free Zone at Moree in the Central Region

SECRIFISE Pilots the Creation Of Child Labour Free Zone at Moree in the Central Region

Every child has the Right to education, and a child labour free zone offers every child that opportunity.

The Securing Child Rights in the Fisheries Sector (SECRIFISE) project is piloting a Child Labour Free Zone in Moree in the Central Region to curb the high prevalence of child labour and trafficking within the community.  This idea was conceived during a learning visit organized by the SECRIFISE project for community leaders from source communities within the Central Region to a model community (Kpando- Torkor) along the Volta Lake, where anti-CLaT initiatives have proven successful and sustainable in reducing the practice to the barest minimum.

The child labour free zone model involves all stakeholders like teachers, parents, children, unions, community groups and local authorities, who are convinced that child labour is unacceptable and are willing to work together to ensure all children school going age go to school.

In view of this a durbar was organized to create awareness and sensitize relevant stakeholders and opinion leaders who would contribute to the success of this process in Moree.
The occasion was graced by Officers from the Department of Social Welfare, Ghana Education Service, the office of the Chief Imam for the local mosque, Traditional Council and the Chief Fisherman. The stakeholders pledged their support for the success of the model within their community.

(SECRIFISE) is a 3-year European Union funded project that seeks to contribute to the prevention of child labour and trafficking (CLaT), protection of CLaT survivors and prosecution of perpetrators of the act in Ghana.