Friday, March 30, 2007
One thing that impressed me most on my recent visit to Cambodia is just how much the girls are depending on us for their futures. They do not have any real prospects for hope other than the opportunities that we can provide for them. Right now, we have ten girls who are participating in our reentry program and who are living at our halfway house. We need sponsors for these girls to help underwrite their program. Twenty dollars a month is all that we're asking from our sponsors. And that small investment makes such a big difference in the lives of these girls. Donate securely at www.freedomforgirls.org. Or mail your gifts to Rapha House Freedom Foundation, 6755 Victoria Ave., Riverside, CA 92506.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Last night, I spoke at the San Bernardino Sunset Rotary Club about Rapha House and human trafficking. I received a warm welcome. The people were truly gracious. What impressed me most is how many of them were surprised at the existence and extent of human trafficking of girls for sexual exploitation. Every year, according to the US State Department, between 240,000 to 320,000 girls are trafficked across international borders. That's about equal to the population of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And this figure does not represent those that are trafficked within their own countries.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
There's a new girl at Rapha House. This fifteen-year-old girl was rescued from a brothel on the Thai border and brought to Rapha House. Since August 2006, she was sold for commercial sex and forced to use a lot of drugs. But now, she has found freedom at Rapha House.