This month I’m blogging from the Philippines. If you missed last week’s post, head here to read and catch up. Thanks!
I had no idea one sleepless night would change the direction of my family’s life forever. But that’s exactly what happened.
Seven years ago, having recently become a mom, I woke at 2 am. Nothing unusual, except this time there was no baby screaming. I couldn’t go back to sleep, though, so I took out my journal and started writing. Suddenly a thought came into my mind:
“Go work with Love146.”
A few weeks later, my husband Steve came home from work. “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” he said.
Rob Morris–as in the president and co-founder of Love146? We had met him once before and Steve just happened to “run into him.”
Within a few months we were moving cross-country to start the work of our lives.
My husband serves as CEO of this organization, whose vision is “the abolition of child trafficking and exploitation. Nothing less.”
The trafficking and rape of children for profit is one of the darkest stories on the planet. This physical, mental, and emotional trauma leaves kids broken and scarred for life.
Interventions for these children are critical to their survival. This is why Love146 exists. Since 2002, the organization has been responding with prevention and aftercare solutions throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Transformation happens when the issue becomes personal. So I invite you to watch this two-minute story of how Love146 got its start. It began with a girl–one girl. We’ll never know her name, but we’ll never forget her number.
It was 146.
What we do
Here in the Philippines Love146 also works in survivor care, providing an exceptional facility for girls to come to for healing after being rescued from exploitation–the Love146 Round Home.
Why is it Round?
This inspiring four minute clip explains the heart and philosophy behind the Round Home.
What can we do
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed, or to turn off, when we hear tragic stories. After seven years deeply involved in this work as a family, I’ve learned that the ability to keep going long-term is to focus on what I can do, not on what I can’t.
There’s always something we can do, and this month as an online community we have an awesome chance to give to those who currently live in the Round Home–and those who come in the future.
This month we’re raising funds for education for the girls in the safehome, including an incredible home library of living books for grades K-12.
Would your family consider donating toward this effort?
All the money we raise will go toward the education fund for the Round Home. Any funds that come in beyond what is needed for books will go toward the other important costs for the girls’ education: school supplies, uniforms for those who attend a local school, salaries for safehome tutors, and so on.
It only takes $10,000 to fund the education budget of the Round Home for a whole year, and I would love to see us cover that entire amount through our efforts this month–we’re well on our way!
Donations can be given securely by clicking here. As a community we can track the amount we’ve raised, and if your family would like to get more involved you can set up your own mini-fundraiser with a separate page to track your own giving toward this project. Thank you!
“Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.” ~ Yehuda Bauer
Some of this post’s content originally published in November 2011.