Thirteen-year-old Bang was grave in danger … and she didn’t even know it.
She lives in a desperately poor village in Laos, just a few miles from the Thai border. Thailand is a hub for human trafficking, where men entice young girls like Bang with deceptive offers of high paying work.
Bang is an easy target for traffickers. Both she and her 14-year-old sister Phou dropped out of school in the 5th grade to help their father support the family by working in the rice field. Their mother died, and their younger sister—just 9 years old—feels that she too must leave the safety of her school and join her sisters working in the fields. They often talk about going to Thailand to earn money.
These girls had no idea what human trafficking is, or the danger that awaited them just across the border…
Your donation to World Concern is helping protect Bang, her sisters, and other young girls in their community, keeping them safe at home by enabling them to learn job skills and earn income. With your support, they have no need to seek work in Thailand.
Bang and her sisters are learning valuable skills, like sewing, hair cutting, and cooking, which they can use throughout their lives. They’re also learning how to start their own micro-business. They received a business starter kit, and they know how to record expenses and income, and how to sell their items at local markets.
The first class of girls in their village to complete the program had 15 girls. The most recent class had 22! In addition to job skills, they have the opportunity to learn computer skills, sports, drama, and more. Most importantly, they’ve learned to spot traffickers, and identify their lies. They know how to keep themselves safe, and avoid dangerous offers.
Thank you for caring about vulnerable young girls in high risk areas, like this village. Your support is already having a lasting impact in the lives of so many girls.
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