About Us

Mission & Vision

 No  need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. We will devote  the time and energy necessary to educate, advocate and eliminate human  slavery & poverty. 

Volunteering

If you would like to make an impact in the life of a child please consider joining GPR's mission to put an end to child slavery.


Kids On Lake Volta

In September of 2013 our team traveled to Ghana to shoot a documentary, fund and aid in the rescue of three 8-10 year old little boys...


Our Founder

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LEAH STENZEL

"Spending time in Africa was supposed to be a short-term commitment, but it became a life-long journey. I'm so fortunate to be able to impact the  lives of others, all while partnering with some of the most passionate  and driven philanthropists on the globe."

 

Leah  founded Global Rescue Project in 2013 after a mission trip to Uganda / Rwanda.  It was a game changer for her.  It was in 2006 that she heard  of the human horror taking place in Ghana, West Africa.  The inconceivable  if you will.  A parent feeling no other possible option to feed her  children other than selling them to a fishing master in hopes for a  better life.  She then started her research into making a difference  somehow, someway.  She feels there is always that point in time that you  are inspired to take that step into the unknown.  It could be something you see or hear that sparks interest.  It could  be someone in your life that makes that IMPACT.  For Leah it was a trip to Uganda and Rwanda to help build a home for a survivor of the Rwandan genocide.  "At that moment on the plane ride home I knew I had to follow my heart and help the kids on Lake Volta.  Big or small I need to do something.  After all, isn't it our duty to help others that our suffering - people in the most vulnerable situations?

Leah's  dream is to live in Africa 6 months out of the year and work towards a  solution to eliminate child slavery.  It is her 4 kids and beliefs in Global Love  that drive her to  succeed knowing that other children in the world are destined to work  14 hour days with little to no food, experience regular beatings, and  live in unimaginable conditions drives Leah to fight for these  defenseless children who need a voice. "Often it is pain that drives us  to make change".  She believes if everyone helps in someway, little or  big, what a difference we could make.  She further believes that in  order to make the biggest impact, politics need to be set aside.  Rather  than feeling like serving and giving is a duty or responsibility, we  should view impacting the lives of children as an opportunity.  "People  are people, no matter what side of the line they were born on.  We are  responsible for the children of this world even if you didn't give  birth to them".  She feels there is no greater gift to give her own  children than showing them first hand that every little bit goes a long  way.

Leah is a fifth generation native to Arizona.  She currently owns and  operates Le Bella Salon & Medspa located in Scottsdale, Arizona  where she currently lives with her husband of 17 years and 4 amazing  children.    

Our Leadership Team

Marissa Blake (Board)

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Marissa was recruited during our first dodgeball tournament as her company played a key role on getting this fundraiser off the ground.  Her passion and dedication to helping kids on the other side of the globe was so evident that it was a match made in heaven.  Marissa has something most people don't have.  She has empathy for kids she has never met, working countless  hours after she comes home from her full time job.  

Madison Lokken (Board)

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Madison has always had a dream of helping the children of Africa.  She was introduced to GRP thru her mom and became instantly enthralled in GRP's vision and dedication to be the voice for the voiceless.  Madi is a nursing student and will use her degree to make a difference around the world.  Madison has a special relationship with the kids of Lake Volta and has poured her heart into loving and caring for them.  GRP counts on her for wearing many different hat

Tracy Lokken (Board)

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Tracy heard about GRP thru Facebook when her high school friend posted something about the kids in Ghana.  She reached out and has been a big part in raising awareness within our youth.  She has volunteered  for 6 years before she took her first trip to meet the kids she has heard about and worked countless hours collecting clothing, shoes, school supplies among other projects.  Tracy is a mother of 4 and teaches Spanish in Arizona.  

Emma Goethe

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Fulfilling her life-long vision to extend a helping hand to the neediest children in the most deprived countries. Emma traveled for the first time with GRP when she was 16 years old.  She is now in college and on her 5th trip.  Emma has built the most amazing relationships with these children and will continue to be a part of the GRP family.

Sasha Lokken

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Sasha is following in her big sisters footsteps.  At such a young age she is full steam ahead.  She has such a passion to help those that are silenced.  She has helped with GRP for the last 2 years and is now at the age that she is playing a bigger role.  With her first trip behind her she has gained a lot of knowledge on what projects we need to focus on for long term sustainability for the kids of Lake Volta.


Teigan Stenzel

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Teigan's journey with GRP started when she was 9 years old.  All she heard about at home were the kids of Krachi.  Then one day she felt she was ready to take the journey.  Teigan traveled to Ghana for the first time when she was 12.  She fell in love right away and did not want to leave.  She has a good balance between GRP, school, and family.  Teigan will continue her journey to bring love and hope to the kids that have been a part of her life since she was little.

Meet Joe Aryee

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GRP's Global Ambassador

Joe was rescued years ago by our partner, Pacodep,   Joe's story was not always a happy one.  After his rescue he was brought to Village of Life school for rescued children.  He was able to attend school and form a brotherhood with other kids that endured the same life as he did.  He is now residing in Accra where he is furthering his education.  Joe was integrated back with his family and has a very close relationship with his mom. Joe plays a vital role with GRP.  He wants to tell his story to raise awareness for kids all across the globe that have been silenced. He wishes to bring hope to all that live in the dark.  He will one day become a leader in his country that he loves so much, to combat human trafficking.  GRP (based in Scottsdale) is hoping to have Joe here on a visa for a year in 2020 to share his story and help educate students and parents on human trafficking.