There are two other non-educational things that we do that I would like to discuss today.
First, sexual trafficking intervention. This is becoming a problem due to the poverty and lack of good paying jobs. There is a growing amount of sexual trafficking moving into the area taking advantage of the conditions. There seems to be a group of what I would call pimps that are setting up both encounters and making videos. There seems to be tourists visiting the area with no other goal except to take advantage of these encounters.
One of the girls was assaulted a couple years ago by one of the leaders of this group. We helped provide her with funds to pursue the legal system and he was convicted and is in the appeals process right now. His family is quite well to do and took the judge to lunch during the trial, but was still found guilty. His brother is a policeman so that doesn’t make things any easier.
Two of the other girls have been approached but one of our volunteers is a policewoman and she intervened and was able to address the situation for now. The policewoman is the professional and has the proper resources to deal with the problem, so when there is any contact suggestive of this type of behavior, she is notified. However, they are still working in the area and preying on the vulnerable.
Second, mentoring. We encourage them from the very beginning to be the very best that they can be in all areas of their life. We work with them in age appropriate areas. As they get older, we work with them to find their interests and best skills and then try to help them find ways to develop these skills with an eye toward long term occupational skills.
Other skills that we work on are items that try to break out of the cycle of poverty. Items such as budgeting, money management, interpersonal relationships, and other areas of life. We are careful to encourage and let them know that their positive growth is appreciated.
As I close, less than half of our children are sponsored by regular monthly donations. Would you consider sponsoring a child? For less than the price of a cup of coffee a day, one of these children could have their needs met for a month. It would be greatly appreciated.
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