Every year, Cocoa Farmers and Chocolate Manufacturers make $188 billion. The sad news about this industry is that children are exploited as slaves in hazardous working conditions around the clock without pay.
My forefathers were the first to plant cocoa in a town called Mampong Akwapim in Ghana before it spread to neighboring Ivory Coast. Today, Ghana and Ivory Coast produce about 68% of world cocoa beans which is exported and processed to make chocolate.
Growing up in Ghana before migrating to the United States, i have seen children cut off their hands numerous times splitting cocoa pods to extract the beans. I have seen children go to bed without adequate food after working on cocoa farms all day. I have seen children working on cocoa farms with wounds on their body without treatment.
This is why as a Nurse, I have devoted part of my time to Global Givers Action Foundation (GGAF) to help rescue children from cocoa plantations and give them education and humanitarian support.
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