Jan 22, 2019

Disrupting the Flow

Our newest shelter, Grace House, is strategically located in East Java. It is situated in the region that hosts Indonesia's two largest cities - Jakarta and Surabaya - and Bali. This location is strategic not only because the nearby metropolitan centers but also because Bali, being a popular tourist spot, is considered a worldwide destination for child trafficking. As such a pipeline of children are brought into Bali from the surrounding Indonesian islands.

As we have see from our similar efforts in northeastern Indonesian, our anti-trafficking operations can result in a significant  reduction in trafficking. As we prepare to open Grace House we are very excited to see similar outcomes in East Java and putting a significant dent in one of the world's child trafficking hotspots.

Jan 18, 2019

Thankful in all Circumstances

In East Java, our Community Development Program helps women and their families facing poverty and systematic prostitution. A major part of that program is encouraging the strength of the families in this community. To that goal we host several major events for families, including a recent Thanksgiving feast. 
About 200 kids, moms, dad, grandmas, and grandpa's from the cemetery community joined us thi year. Women from the community provided desserts to top off the catered feast. Teens and kids provided full entertainment. They performed flawless magic routines, recited original poetry pieces, belted out duets and boy band specials both in english and Indonesian AND DANCED AND DANCED AND DANCED. 
The community chose "Be thankful in all Circumstances" as the theme of the evening. The focus was on celebrating the gift of rich friendship we share with the community there.
Dec 28, 2018

Water Filters

Although the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed Palu, Indonesia is no longer making headlines, the effects of that disaster are still acutely real. The immense clean up effort has only just begun and is predicted to take years to complete. Many of the residents remain homeless and supplies are slow to arrive due to widespread damage to infrastucture. 

After a prolonged approval process with local authorities, we are now able to bring in water filtration systems along with the other emergency aid and manpower we have since brought into the area. This work is thanks to generous corporate partners and World Vision. 

We continue to partner with local authorities and law enforcement to curb the rise in child trafficking that such disasters inevitably cause. Thank you for your continued partnership in this important work. 

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