DID YOU KNOW?
- Global Slavery Index (GSI) states there are about 36 million victims of human trafficking worldwide with nearly two-thirds from Asia. Millions of adults and children continue to be forced into sex trafficking, slave-like conditions, bonded labor, and child soldiering.
- International Labor Organization estimates forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide with 26% being children under the age of 18.
- UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) states every 2 minutes a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation and 1.2 million children alone are trafficked each year – excluding the millions already held captive.
- UNICEF also reports approximately 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years.
“All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.” – UNICEF
Then comes the Starfish Project…
Not many nonprofits offer such extensive care through a holistic program involving vocational training, employment, healthcare, safe housing, counseling, as well as child education grants. Created in 2006, the Starfish Project is a very special organization offering all of these life-changing opportunities and so much more to women and girls affected by exploitation and human trafficking in Asia. The project is dedicated to providing shelter and fostering each woman and child’s sense of worth while acquiring the tools to live a better and beautiful life.
Staying an average of 2 years, when women come to the shelter, most ages 18-25 but some as young as 16, many need to provide for their families, so they started a jewelry business!
Now, they have been able to employ over 100 women and serve thousands more from their variety of community outreach services. Each month, over 400 women are provided with weekly medical visits, healthcare support, educational lessons, and even (first time ever!) birthday celebrations. Amazing.
In 2015, they were awarded Social Enterprise of the Year by the Kering Foundation and received grants from Geneva Global, The Sparrow Charitable Foundation, Ten Talents, First Fruits, and World Vision. The profits from their jewelry sales help fund a large part of the organization, but they mainly rely on the generosity of donors to make and keep all of their resources possible. To make a personal donation and also see how it will be put to use, click HERE!
Images via Starfish Project
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