At Zion Project, we feel blessed to be part of the solution to the ever growing problem of sexual exploitation.
Over the last few months we have been in the process of identifying and bringing in 5 new little girls into our Rescue Home which provides them with safety and love they have never known. One of our girls Nancy, is an orphan who was going to be forced into an early marriage by relatives, at the age of 13, but she showed up at our doorstep, afraid and alone and we were able to take her in.
Since then, we have discovered that Nancy was raped by her intended and she is now 3 months pregnant. We are glad that we have been able to help her through this devastating process, with love, counseling, and medical help. We now have 16 girls we care for daily who are receiving an education which will ultimately change the course of their lives. Most of our girls finished exams last month and we were delighted that so many were at the top of their class.
There are so many little girls like Nancy. In reading Half the Sky, this month, I discovered that over 3 million women and girls are forced into the sex industry. We currently have more modern day slavery today in the world than when Abraham Lincoln was alive.
We have also made great strides these past 3 months in our Imani Employment program for women who desire to escape a life of forced prostitution. We are expanding our program to include the designing and sewing of handbags as well as our beautiful jewelry. We continue to make connections in America and Europe to try and market our products so that this program can grow to hire more women.
Thank you for your continued support in reaching out to these girls and women and giving them hope for their future.
The Zion Project Team