I feel invincible.
On a recent O.U.R. aftercare mission, this is what a young girl said to O.U.R. Aftercare Assistant Tyler Schwab and COO Jerry Gowen. She is from a high trafficking area in the Caribbean. After tracing steps and talking with traffickers and pimps, we found this certain community where a lot of young girls were being trafficked in and out of.
To help support the young girls in this area that are at high risk for being trafficked, O.U.R. works with local nonprofits to invest in their education. With access to school, tutors, and the opportunity to learn how to read and write, it is the hope that the girls are in school instead of being exploited.
The young girl that Tyler was able to visit this last trip has made amazing strides in her education. She previously had to skip school for three years because her family couldn’t afford to send her to school and she had to help take care of her grandma who was in a wheelchair. With the three combined factors of poverty, lack of education, and living in a high trafficking area, this young girl was at high risk.
Thanks to the opportunities for education, she has learned to read and she is now at the top of her class. She is even helping to teach others in her class! “That, to me, is so powerful,” Tyler said, “These resources are going to empower a child’s life and she is so proud to share with us her reading abilities.”
With her success in school, she feels invincible. Using resources to invest in these girls’ education strengthens them and helps prevent trafficking. With your generosity and support, we can help survivors and high-risk children all over the world feel invincible.
What can YOU Do?
O.U.R. and Adobe bring you Free At Last, an annual fundraising and service event in recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. There are two ways to get involved: 1. Donate Items such as: chips, granola bars, toothpaste/toothbrushes, pens, pencils, etc. 2. Attend the Free at Last event (free of charge) in Utah. Follow THIS LINK for donation and event details!
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