International Needs Ghana played an integral part in the 1998 campaign which led to the release of around 2,800 Trokosi girls and the banning of the Trokosi practice. This was local cult that promoted the enslavement of young girls in atonement for the sins of their forefathers. Today, International Needs helps many of the girls who have been liberated by providing education and a vocational training centre where they can learn to sew, bake bread and make soap. The training centre also offers counselling and support for the girls who are often badly traumatised by their experiences.
Beauty, who was abandoned by her family as a young child speaks of how International Needs rescued her from the streets and provided her with the training and tools that she needed to set up her own business:
“I went through intensive counselling that restored me emotionally. I had access to free accommodation, clothing, nutritious food and health care in a clean environment. I went through the vocational skills training program and acquired skills in making different types of pastries, fruit juice, bread-baking, fast food preparation, etc. At the end of the training, I had access to equipment and materials that enabled me to set up my own business. Now, I also support my other siblings with their educational needs in school.”