Rescue 149
Thank You for providing freedom to 149 children

(20 Children)


(40 Children)


(60 Children)


(100 Children)

Last year, Many Hopers around the world gave to rescue and heal 100 children from slavery on the fishing boats of Lake Volta through Challenging Heights. 

Because of you…149 children were freed and are right now in recovery and in school.

100% of your donation was used to get children off the lake and into the Challenging Heights Recovery Center.

Learn below how rescue operations happen. And thank you.

Tell me about child slavery on Lake Volta in Ghana:

Short video:
Hear from a survivor and a rescuer

What you can help us do in Ghana:

James and our partner team in Ghana know how to get children off the lake. They have been doing dangerous rescues for 10+ years. They just need us to provide the funds for them to do it.
100% of what you give will directly:
We’ll send you photos, video, and stories in 6 months and 12 months


The process begins with an investigation in the source community (towns where children are sold or taken from parents tricked into believing their child is getting a job) where our partner investigators piece together who the child is, what they look like, and where they are likely to have been taken to.
Investigators take the information gathered and travel 10-12 hours to Lake Volta and search the lakeside towns or boats for the child and his/her slavemaster.
The rescue operation is an actual, physical rescue from either one of the towns on the lakeside, or from a boat where our partners’ rescue teams pull up alongside boats and remove boys from slavemasters. It can be dangerous and we always take at least one armed police officer. Rescue operations are for groups of approximately 30 children per rescue.
The freed child spends a few days at our partner home near the lake getting immediate care and food and calm. Then travels to our long term recovery center where healing begins and they start their journey to influence so they can rescue others. It costs $550 per month per child in our recovery center to provide care and counseling and education to a child
After 3-12 months the child is reintegrated with a family and we provide ongoing support and education and empowerment so they know how to prevent others suffering what they did.



“I was trafficked at the age of six. I was sold for the equivalent of ten dollars. This earned me the ordeal of working in about twenty fishing communities along the Volta Lake in the hands of fifteen slave masters.

Since escaping aged 13 I was the first to bring school to my community, the first to start transforming the lives of other children, getting children to high school and college.

With time survivors of trafficking become the solution to the problem. That brings me a lot of hope.”


From Slave to Doctor:

Ben was sold for $102. He was rescued in 2012 and reintegrated with a family in 2013. He spent 5 years on the lake. He has been permanently damaged physically.

Ben is now in Senior High School. He is an anti-child trafficking ambassador in his school and community helping other children and families avoid what he endured. He hopes to become a medical doctor so he can treat others in physical distress.

We’re going to help him do that. Join us?

$42 A Month Provides freedom for one child with the match in May and June.


What can Happen?

We believe that children rescued from injustice are not a problem to be solved but a solution waiting to be unleashed. Here’s why:
“They can get seed money from a slavemaster to be a trafficker, or we can give them seed money to set up a fishing business.” We need survivors to come back and be advocates. Historically the strongest advocates we have are those who come back from university. There are inspirational and key to prevention because they become advocates in their community”
– James Kofi Annan, Partner Leader in Ghana


How we work in Ghana

The process begins with an investigation in the source community (towns where children are sold or taken from) where our partner investigators piece together who the child is, what they look like, and where they are likely to have been taken to and the situation that led to them being taken in the first place.

The rescue operation is an actual, physical rescue from either one of the towns on the lakeside, or from a boat where our partners’ rescue teams pull up alongside boats and remove boys from slavemasters. It can be dangerous and we always take at least one armed police officer.

It costs an average of $1000 to rescue one child from slavery (based on a rescue operation for 30 children at once)

The rescued boys are taken for a few days to a safe house near the lake for immediate medical and emotional care and food and rest while the rescue team continues to look for the other boys in the operation. When the operation is complete, all the boys are taken to our recovery center where they will live for several months rehabilitation until they are ready to be reintegrated with a safe family member.

This involves healing of the whole child: physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual. The total cost of all care from the point of rescue to the point of reintegration is $4000-8000 depending on how long the child stays with us full time.

In our recovery center children receive literacy and numeracy and I.T. skills to prepare survivors for mainstream education during reintegration. For older youth who find it difficult to join mainstream education, we provide technical vocational training (e.g. sewing, carpentry, breadmaking skills that they can use to get a job)Following reintegration with families, survivors either join mainstream education or technical vocational skills training and we monitor their progress.

We provide encounters with professionals in different careers to widen horizons and elevate ambition help every child see what is possible.

We help open doors for them to get there and to step into what they are capable of.

They learn about their rights and the law and how to identify and prevent abuse and start anti-trafficking clubs in their schools and take action in their communities to protect others.

Youth Empowerment Programme provides both capital and network supports to its graduates. The state programmes provide temporary employment to beneficiaries to provide them with job experience and skills to apply for permanent jobs in the public sector or private sector.





We’re able to accept donations in the form of stock, government (including municipal) debt and corporate debt. This can be arranged from most brokerage accounts.

Please contact for more information on making a stock donation



Senior Vice President Growth, Bionic Solution

A Silicon Valley native, Maxine Gisinger Friedman has over 20 years of leadership experience in strategic consulting, executive coaching, business development, and marketing at consulting, agency, startup, and Fortune 500 companies. Maxine is Principal and Founder of Maxine Ventures and plays an independent C-level growth and transformation partner role working with Chief Innovation, Strategy and R&D Officers of some of the world’s leading brands.

A sought-after thought leader on building growth capability strategies and systems at the enterprise level, Maxine also advises multiple startups and is an active angel investor. Prior, Maxine was on the co-founding leadership team of Bionic, an army of entrepreneurs that installs a Growth Operating System that creates a permanent, always-on capability for organic and inorganic growth. As SVP at Bionic, she built and led the Partner and Services team as well as led enterprise partnerships for brands including P&G, Nike, Anheuser-Busch and TD Ameritrade.

A seasoned entrepreneur, Maxine helped build multiple startups (Contently, Syncapse, Clickable, Brandimensions) and always played an early cofounding leadership team role. Maxine earned dual MBAs from Columbia University and London Business School and B.S. in Journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Maxine and her family are currently based in the Hamptons after 20 years in NYC.


Becky grew up in Texas and graduated from Baylor University with degrees in Economics and Finance in 1990. A former credit analyst and commercial lender at Bank of America, Becky stopped working in order to stay home with children, Richard and Layne. She met her husband, Rick, at Baylor and got married shortly after graduation. The Weldays have lived all over the world including periods in Switzerland, Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Saint Louis, and all over Texas.

Her extra time is spent volunteering with churches and other organizations and she enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.


President, John Hancock Financial Services

CEO, New York Life Retirement Plan Services

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Patrick has spent the past 25 years in the financial services industry helping companies and their employees achieve financial security. He is currently the President of John Hancock Retirement Plan Services. Pat has also spent significant personal time as a coach and mentor, helping young people realize their potential on and off the athletic fields.

He became a believer in the Many Hopes mission after meeting Thomas for lunch in 2012. He was a private donor and helped with fundraising before joining the board.


Columbia Property Trust, Chairman of the Board

Nelson has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate investment and financial services industries. He is responsible for overall strategy, operations, and financial performance of Columbia Property Trust, a $6 billion public real estate owner/operator. He also serves as a director on the Columbia Board. Prior to joining Columbia in 2010, he served for five years as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Williams Realty Advisors, LLC, managing and advising a series of real estate investment funds.

Previous roles included CFO of Lend Lease Real Estate Investments and Partner at KPMG LLP. He received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and an M.B.A. from the University of Georgia. Nelson and his wife, Judy, live adjacent to Madison Square Park in New York City.


(X)form Coaching and Consulting, Founder

Joseph is an Elite-Performance Strategist dedicated to transforming professional lives of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity into realities of clarity, control, calm, and continuous improvement. He previously spent 20 years in the corporate realm, serving as an operating executive in both early-stage startups (including two successful exits) and large global enterprises.

He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his amazing wife and their two incredible children.

Nitin Gambhir

Founder and CEO, Tethys Group of Companies

Nitin Gambhir is the founder of Tethys group of companies.  Mr. Gambhir is also the founder and chairman of Oceanus Securities. Nitin has been a passionate supporter of art both as a collector and a sponsor.   The Tethys Art platform was created to promote his two passions: Transformative Art and art genre explorations. Nitin collects and supports Transformative Art that is unafraid, breaks boundaries and is likely to actuate and sustain innovation.  Nitin is also deeply interested in exploring the interplay between disparate artists and art genres and uncovering the connections that bind and connect them.

Nitin has a Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology and a Masters from Yale University. He is a member of the board of several charitable organizations and the Yale School of Management and Yale International Center of Finance. He is passionate about charitable efforts promoting art, education and governance.

Bo Han

Founder and CEO, Buzzer

Bo Han is a follower of Christ and the founder and CEO of Buzzer, a mobile platform for short-form live sports partnering with the NBA, WNBA, PGA TOUR, NHL, DAZN and FanDuel.

Prior to founding Buzzer, Bo led Twitter’s efforts in Global Live Sports Content Partnerships, and was responsible for driving partnerships with the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, and PGA and broadcasters ESPN, FOX, NBC and Turner.

Before joining Twitter in 2012, Bo started in the industry as a Global Account Director at Microsoft Corporation in New York, working with key and strategic global partners.

Bo received his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and earned his MBA at Columbia Business School in New York, New York.


David Scott

Alice Scott