Type: service provider
Focus: child labor
Challenging Heights was founded by James Kofi Annan who is a survivor of child trafficking and worst forms of child labor. James later rose to become a university graduate and also rose to become manager at Barclays Bank of Ghana. James is the last and the only educated out of twelve children of his illiterate parents. He worked as a child fisherman in more than 20 villages along the Volta Lake from the age of 6 to 13, before he finally liberated himself. At the time he could neither read nor write.
In April 2007, James resigned from Barclays Bank of Ghana in order to devote full time to mobilizing resources to promote the mission of Challenging Heights – providing education for formerly enslaved and vulnerable children.