My Neighbours Keeper, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) based in the United States has agreed to partner with Ayimedu foundation to support the fight against human trafficking.
The partnership will also seek to address issues related to child marriage, streets, and other social vices.
My Neighbour’s Keeper is an NGO that caters for the homeless, aged, widows, street people and other social-related issues.
The founder of Ayimedu foundation, Nana Ayimedu Brempong, Krontihene of Adjena in the Akwamu Traditional Area is an Anti-Human Trafficking advocate and is currently in the US on a duty.
Speaking in an interview with Freedom Radio from his USA base, the Senior Police Detective with the Ghana Police Service stated that the partnership will promote human trafficking activities by widening the scope of counselling and advocacy.
Indicating that, because the leader of My Neighbours Keeper is a pastor, she will use her expertise in counselling those affected as a result of trafficking and others in distress.
Nana Ayimedu who is also the founder and leader of Coalition of Traditional Rulers in Africa Against Trafficking in Person (COTRATIP) said the partnership is also looking at finding alternative livelihoods for the affected people.
Rev. Irene Wallace, the founder of My Neighbours Keeper, on her part, said her outfit will bring on board best practices of international standards to help minimise or curb human trafficking in Ghana and other parts of the continent.
She appealed to the youth back home not to be too desperate to travel to seek greener pastures using unapproved routes that will get them stranded.
The two foundations as part of their partnership visited some stranded and distressed foreign nationals from Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea, Gambia and Bangladesh in the streets of Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Virginia and Washington State, who went to the US as a result of trafficking and migrant smuggling.
There, they interacted with them and gave them food and donated nose masks to enable them to protect themselves from the covid 19 pandemics.
Some of the stranded travellers who spoke on anonymity revealed that they are homeless and jobless and during harsh weather conditions and winter they are greatly affected.
Others also said, they work but are underpaid because they don’t have the requisite work permit.
Source: Kwame Akoto/ freedomradiogh.com