Last February Touch A Life launched Life Academy, a new program to provide vocational training opportunities and life skills development for eight young adults. These students were rescued from child labor situations along Lake Volta as teenagers, and now they are working toward independence.
One year later all eight Life Academy students progressed to the second year of the program, focusing on specific career skills, mental health, and educational advancement.
Nana, our Life Academy Director, held a special ceremony marking the end of the first year of Life Academy and gave each student a certificate of completion.
To begin the second year of Life Academy, the group met with psychologist, Dr. Rachel Pugh, to set goals for the upcoming year. Rachel will continue to provide weekly therapy sessions over the coming months to help each student overcome psychological hurdles from childhood traumatic experiences.
Another new expansion for the second year Life Academy is our new space. Touch A Life has rented a small space directly next door to Eunice, Life Academy’s Sewing Collective Mentor, and her established sewing studio. Renovations are almost complete! The space will include a sewing studio as well as an area that can transition between educational and therapeutic uses.
Earlier this year we partnered with Earthbound Trading Co to sell a line of handmade tote bags and batik fabric created at Life Academy and the Touch A Life Care Center, and those funds were used to paint our new space!
Now we need several tables and a few more sewing machines in order to start our new line of products. Can you help us by donating $300 toward a new sewing machine and table? Your gift helps a survivor of child trafficking earn an independent wage and develop skills as an artisan.