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Bernice Akromah

Bernice Akromah (pronounced “Beniss” in Ghana) is the Country Director of BTCTE.  Bernice works with our children “on the ground” in Ghana, traveling to their homes and schools throughout the country to offer support and to check on their overall well-being.  Having been raised and schooled in the Volta region of Ghana, Bernice has intimate knowledge of the language and culture of the area where most of our children reside.  She is also charged with managing operations in Ghana.

Since completing her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Work at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Bernice has served in various professional capacities.  She was employed as a teacher at the Afienya School from 2013-2014 as part of her national service.  In 2015, Bernice joined the staff of Challenging Heights (CH), a major organization that fights child trafficking in Ghana and partners with BTCTE.  She worked as a Livelihood Officer on CH’s “Learn for Work Project”.  Following this, Bernice has served in multiple roles within Challenging Heights, including: Reintegration and Monitoring Office, Social Worker/Case Manager, and Social History Officer on the “UNICEF project”. 

Bernice grew up in rural Ghana where her mother was a peasant rice farmer and her step-father was a surveyor of land.  As the only female child in her family, most household chores became her responsibility.  Bernice managed to skillfully intersperse this with her academic duties.  Since her secondary (high) school days, Bernice has faithfully volunteered as a peer counselor, Sunday school teacher and tutor for young children. Singing and cooking are her main sources of leisure, and she has remained her family’s chef since she was twelve.

Bernard Koomson

Bernard Koomson is a dynamic development professional who has worked within different settings over the past seven years within Ghana, focusing primarily on program design and grant writing, implementation, research and evaluation (child Labour/trafficking, child rights, livelihood empowerment, poverty reduction etc.). He has a strong background in project start-up, design, planning and management, monitoring and evaluation; implementation monitoring, results monitoring, data management (data collection, entry and analysis) and report writing. Additionally, he is experienced in partner liaising, community engagement and public speaking. He holds a BA Sociology & Social Work (KNUST, Ghana) and a master’s degree in Development Studies from the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).  He is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), focusing primarily on childhood and trafficking in fishing communities in Ghana.

Seth Obed Gamore

Seth Obed Gamor was born in a Small Village called Mafi Amidoekor in the Volta Region. He Is the sixth of seven children of his parents, who were engaged both in farming and fishing in Ivory coast.

 

When his parents and grandmother could no longer care for him, he was sent to his uncle’s, where he worked on Lake Volta for two years of hard labor and maltreatment. He was rescued by International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the year 2004 and was enrolled in a private school at Tefle Kpotame, and then Togbe Aho memory school at Bakpa Kebenu where he completed his basic certificate examination successfully in the year 2010.

 

He received some support from IOM and then Breaking The Chain Through Education took over in the later part of second year, and supported him until he finished his course in the year 2016. In college, Seth was the student’s chaplain, choir organizer and dormitory chaplain.

Currently, Seth is a professional teacher under the Ghana Education Service (GES). He has been stationed in a village called mafi deveme since 2016. He taught basic five for two years and basic two for one year and was given the role as a heath officer in his school.

He is also assisting the presiding Elder of the New Covenant Apostolic Church International in evangelizing the gospel of God.

Seth is happy working for Breaking The Chain on a part-time basis visiting beneficiaries to check on their well-being and also distribute food and other items. He also motivates them to study hard.

His hobbies are playing football, volley ball, Preaching the word of God, and singing.

Wisdom Dobiir Konlan

Wisdom Dobiir Konlan, the 7th of 17 children, is a native of Najong, Ghana, and his parents were both peasant farmers.

 

Wisdom studied business accounting at the Bolgatanga Technical Institute and continued to Bolgatanga Polytechnic to earn a higher national diploma in accounting, before furthering  to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to pursue an accounting degree.

As part of his professional experience, he worked at Odotobri Rural Bank LTD as a loans officer for four years and inspired to become a chartered accountant.  Wisdom is currently working as accountant and micro grants officer for Breaking The Chain Through Education in Ghana.  His major responsibilities include bookkeeping, budgeting and forecasting and preparations of monthly financial reports for management to make decisions.  He is also the liaison with the country manager to offer support to the families of the formerly trafficked children through the micro grants programming.

Wisdom likes reading magazines, novels and ‘tuozafi’(TZ), and ‘dawadawa’ is his favorite food.

Never Awukudzie

Never Awukudzie was a formerly trafficked child who hailed from a small community called New Bakpa in the Volta part of Ghana.  His father had a lot of children and could not afford to take care of them due to the huge size of his family (22 children). As a result, his father decided to hand Never and 6 of his siblings to fisher folks who promised him a little money and fishes in return.

At age 10, Never worked for two years on the lake with several hard labors and abuses from his master before his rescue in the year 2004 by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

After his rescue, he continued his education from where he was taken away and completed his Junior Secondary School in his hometown with excellent results to the Senior Secondary School.

Although he couldn’t pass all his secondary final examinations, he according to his name “never” saw it a failure but was determined to seat for a University entrance Examination and had it straight to obtained an admission to the University of Education Winneba studying Bachelor of Arts, Social Studies-IDel in Ghana.

He is currently working as a reintegration and monitoring officer for Breaking The Chain Through Education in Ghana. Never is so happy to be working with BTCTE as he aspires to help his other formerly trafficked colleagues using his past experiences.

Never was a guest speaker at a BTCTE Banquet, and also visited Metuchen High School during his trip to the US.  Previously, he was featured in the Oprah Winfrey’s documentary show on child trafficking by Lisa Ling.

Never likes playing football, singing, browsing and reading books.  His competencies include computer related works (Microsoft office suite), internet related works, good communications skills, public speaking, counselling, child advocacy and strategic thinking.  Languages spoken are English, Ewe and Twi

Emmanuel Entsie

Emmanuel Entsie is a native of Gomoa Achiase in the Central Region of Ghana, whose parent were both peasant farmers and he was the last born of eleven children.

He grew up in rural Ghana.

After senior high, he joined the staff of Challenging Heights as security personnel and after one year he was promoted to shelter assistant and also case manager. Now Emmanuel is working as a reintegration and monitoring officer for Breaking the Chain Through Education in the central region.

In his leisure time he enjoys reading, singing and his favorite food is fufu with light soup. 

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