Two Years In Thailand
Published on Saturday, 29 March 2014
Imagine having a dream. A dream that someone would come rescue you from a life of of sexual slavery. A dream that you could live a life free from the abuse of a parent or family member. A dream of being able to attend school so you could go to university. A dream that someone would see you sitting there in the brothel and see you more than a prostitute, but a person that is crying out for someone to care.
These are just some of the dreams that children and adults we have reached have dreamed. Because of you, their dreams are coming true!
The last two years we have been pioneering in Thailand. Not only did we launch our official office and first Rescue Home in Pattaya March of 2012, we have built a team of dedicated volunteers and partners, raised awareness in schools, media, corporate events and more. We've opened a rescue home that holds the highest standards in aftercare.
Our international volunteers are committed to promote justice and educate their communities on the realities of human trafficking. We’ve had volunteers and supporters raise awareness through auctions, donating proceeds from their own businesses, hosting events, and finding new and creative ways to support Thrive Rescue Home.
The Thailand Street Team is committed to educate, inform, and raise awareness of human trafficking in schools throughout Thailand. Over 2,500 students have been reached with internet safety and trafficking prevention message in a fun and interactive presentation by our Street Team.
We've been able to reach high-risk slums with meeting basic physical needs such as providing 500 pounds of rice to families in need. This relieves immense pressure on families who cannot provide food for their children. A house has been built for a child that was in danger of rape because she had no walls or doors to keep her safe. Fifty-five children now know that there are people who care about their future and visit them every week to ensure that they are stay in school and in a safe environment.
Many (52) women have been touched through our Bar and Brothel outreach, resulting in 8 of these women being rescued from sex trafficking and now have freedom! One brothel has been closed through the direct intervention of our Street Team.
The kids in Thrive's care are doing wonderful and thriving in the Rescue Home. One of our girls just earned the #1 GPA in her entire level at school! Others continue to overcome the emotional trauma that they have experienced, making great strides towards a life of complete restoration and wholeness.
It has been a great honor to bring freedom and justice to those in Thailand these last two years. We couldn't do it without you. Here's to many many more years of freedom to come!