Here’s the bad news: Right now, in Ghana, West Africa, there are an estimated 7,000 children in slavery. Some of these children have been sold for as little as $20. Many of them are as young as 5 or 6 years old. The kids often work as many as 100 hours a week as fishermen. They fish, mend nets, and scoop water out of leaking boats. They rarely smile or laugh. Their childhoods have been stolen.
Here’s the good news: We can do something about it. Yes, you and I. It doesn’t matter if you are not rich or famous. In fact, the Mercy Project was started by a guy who is far from rich and certainly not famous, and he started the project for people just like me. People who want to make a difference in the world but don’t know where to start. People who wish there was something they could do to help but feel overwhelmed. People who want to help make the world a better place.