By Katie Ann Crosman | International Volunteer DEPDC/GMS
The Shan Youth Safety Training to End Risky Migration (SYSTERM) was created as an expansion of DEPDC’s Mekong Youth Union (MYU). SYSTERM is an extension of DEPDC’s core tenet: that education is the key to prevention. Through educating our children in the Sub-Mekong Region we empower them with the agency to protect themselves from human trafficking. The young adults we train return to their communities, establish initiatives, and share the knowledge they gained at DEPDC with their peers. Every child reached through this ever-expanding network is better prepared to combat the issues they face. This is how DEPDC, a small community-based organization, makes a large difference in the surrounding areas.
This period, we wish we had more updates to share. Sadly, our SYSTERM program does not have the proper funding to move the program forward. It is with a sad heart that we announce the closing of SYSTERM at this time. We will continue to do everything we can to continue this program. In the meantime we ask that you help spread the word by sharing this update to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. It’s because of the strong support of our community that we believe SYSTERM’s mission will once again continue to be a thriving program.
On behalf of all the SYSTERM alumni, staffs, and volunteers at DEPDC, we would like to say thank you to all our past, present and future donors for your generous support. People like you represent the necessary partnerships that keep our centre and programs flourishing. We are truly grateful.
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