I want to tell you an amazing story of a little girl you’re helping protect from trafficking by enabling her to go to school. She’s barely 10 years old, and her name is Bounlong.
This precious little girl basically became an orphan when her mother and older sister left their village in Laos to travel to Thailand in search of work … but no one in the family has heard from them in three years.
It’s very likely that Buonlong’s mother and sister were lured by traffickers with deceptive offers of high-paying work.
Buonlong’s father suffers from a lung disease, but works hard to earn about $5 a day to support his family. Unfortunately this means he and Buonlong’s brother must stay in town all week to work, leaving Buonlong, her 14-year-old sister Ann, and their younger brother to fend for themselves. The children also take care of a 3-year-old niece, left behind by their oldest sister.
Can you imagine being a child and having this much responsibility? Needless to say, Buonlong wasn’t attending school, and she was at great risk for becoming a victim of trafficking herself.
With your support, World Concern intervened in Buonlong’s life, helping her get back in school, providing her with tuition, school supplies, and a uniform, and teaching her about staying safe. She’s thrilled to be enrolled in school, and says she will finish her education so that someday she can provide for her family. When she gets a little older, we’ll teach her job skills to earn income safely in her village.
None of this would be possible without support from people like you – thank you!
If you’d like to help protect more girls like Buonlong, I have some great news:
In honor of Giving Tuesday, the generous folks at Microsoft are matching all donations made to this project today!
That means your gift of $40 to educate a young girl like Buonlong becomes $80, helping two girls instead of one. Or a gift of $125 to provide an at-risk girl with job skills doubles to $250, equipping two girls instead of one.
I hope you’ll take advantage of today’s matching opportunity. Please give now – Microsoft’s matching funds will likely run out quickly.
Thank you for your support!
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