Thanks so much to Calvary Chapel everyone who was a part of the Stop Slavery Ride and thanks heaps, Andre Trinidad, for documenting everything for us. If you would like to organize your own Stop Slavery Ride as a fundraiser/awareness building event let us know. The best numbers say there are 48.5 million slaves in the world today. I think 48.5 would be great for a Saturday morning ride event.
2017 Stop Slavery Bike Ride in Okinawa
Last year we raised just over $10,000 from the Stop Slavery Ride in Okinawa. It was the largest fundraiser for projects that we have ever had. This year we are hoping to reach that goal again. If we do, below are the projects that we will be supporting in 2017.
1. “Baan Duang Dao (or Molding Stars) is an after school program for at-risk kids in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The factors which place these children ‘at-risk’ include poverty, statelessness, and broken families. Each situation is different, but we strive to strengthen both individuals and families. The goal of the program is to provide education, activities, and relationships that will help guide these children into healthy adult living- free from trafficking and abuse. HUG staff members meet with the group (approximately 20 children) twice a week to study English, art, science, sports, Bible, and team-building. One Saturday per month, the kids are treated to a field trip experience or just hanging out together at the Children’s Advocacy Center. Funding needs include an additional language translator, sports equipment, and field trip expenses such as museum admission. A small investment goes a long way toward educating and encouraging these kids!”
2. 1/2 College Degree $2500 This is half the cost of tuition and living expenses for a college degree for one girl that has been rescued from a trafficking situation. This need is immediate and we would love to be able to fund half of a girl’s degree and help her get started on the right track and perhaps fund the other half of the degree next year. This will allow her to get the skills to get a higher paying job than she would otherwise be able to get.
3. Social Worker to Assist with girls involved in prosecutions $3600 This will provide the social worker costs for one year for the social workers involved in working with girls that are involved in court cases.
4. Investigative Equipment $2700 Investigative Equipment including GPS trackers, hidden cameras and recording devices, investigation expenses and stationary recording devices.
Visit the Donation page to support a specific rider, or make a general donation. Thank you for your support!
Here is a video of a church building project we did in Cambodia. The work was hard, but fruitful. We loved having the team from Koza Baptist Church come in and help build this church building for the widow.
We have had a partnership with a small village outside of Siem Reap for a couple of years. Last year I delivered Shoe Boxes of love there and as I was leaving the village saw this guy struggling to ride a bike with no tires and thought,
“Wouldn’t it be like Jesus to get every kid in this village a bike.” So we partnered with a couple of others and what started out as a dream to give 50 kids in one village a bike resulted in 122 kids in two villages and two orphanages receiving new bikes.
When I visited this village a few months after my students had delivered the bikes our orphanage director was introducing us to people in the village and he remarked that many of them would get sick because their pump water wasn’t clean. That was a fallacy I had fallen victim to before. I keep assuming that because the water is coming out of the ground from a pump that it is clean and that isn’t always the case.
Our director asked us if we could get them a $25 water filter so that they could have clean water in the village. I wish I had known that 2 years ago when we started coming to this village. Perhaps in the future we will be able to offer something a little more permanent that doesn’t require them to go through the additional step of running the water through a filter before drinking it.
Water is something we totally take for granted in the west. Our house in South East Asia often goes without water. We have 3 water tanks to try to avert the problem but inevitably we run out of water. Generally we have drinking water because we get that delivered weekly. Last time I was back in the United States I remember thinking, “Wow, Americans have so much good water they can use it to wash cars and water the lawn.” I have lived my whole life virtually not even thinking about water but after 3 + years of making sure that bad water doesn’t get into my mouth in the shower or wondering about ice at a restaurant and going about 4 months in the last two years without water in our house to do the dishes, take showers and most importantly, flush toilets, I no longer take it for granted.
Anyway, just wanted to share with you a tiny little project of Stop Slavery and bringing a water filter to a village in Cambodia. Thanks for all of you who are a part of our support team. If you aren’t already you should go to the Donate page and choose 1000 Heroes and become one of the 1000 Heroes we are looking to have join us in 2014.
People often ask what they can do to help in the fight against human trafficking. Sometimes I know them and have an idea of how they can bring value. Other times it’s hard. Many people here about the issue and want to help for about 2 days and then they are on to something else. Then there are people that just make things happen. They look for evidence of human trafficking in their own neighborhood. They take responsibility for those around them. Some jump in with both feet like Jason Migliore & Brian Layton who started the Oki Stop Slavery Ride and which Brian continues to run.
At the end of 2013 this group of guys raised over $4200 in support of Stop Slavery’s anti trafficking work and work with orphans and the poor in Cambodia. Each year the amount they raise continues to increase. Thanks so much, Brian for continuing to challenge others to live for things bigger than themselves. Having spent all but 8 years of my life connected to the U.S. military I continue to be encouraged by the heart of those who make up the U.S. Armed Forces.
If you are in Okinawa and would like to help Stop Slavery and Orphans in Okinawa, Japan take a look at the Oki Orphan Ride Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/411507542220106/ or Contact Brian Layton at https://www.facebook.com/brian.layton.184
The very first project that we wanted to initiate as Stop Slavery was the school and community center at Unit 14. The orphanage ended up getting funded first since it required less start up funds and just on going funds to run it. Just before Christmas we received the last $3000 for this $19,000 project from a small group from The Harbor, which is a Cadence ministry in Okinawa, Japan.
Hopefully the school will get started soon. We are already moving on towards other projects. Two of our big projects for 2012 are opening the Museum of Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery in Siem Reap, Cambodia and getting a real office so we don’t have to to work from home, couches, cafes etc. Waahoo!
You can see the original post for the school here http://stopslavery.org/unit14
Thank you to all who have helped with special one time gifts and those who help sustain our ministries monthly as well.
We have a joy-filled update for all of you! Just recently, each of the children in the orphanage received their own bicycle from the orphan ministry of Calvary Chapel in Okinawa, Japan. A couple from Koza Baptist Church in Okinawa was able to provide transportation for all of the bikes to get from Okinawa to Cambodia. What a blessing these bikes are to the kids, as they all begin studying at a Christian school, Agape, in Siem Reap. (See pics below for some action shots!)
Also, from Okinawa, a small group from The Harbor has committed to financially support the educational costs of the kids so that they can study at the Agape School. Not only are they getting a much better education than they would have otherwise but they are getting a Christian education and practical skills in addition to English.
Imagine the impact that these two groups of people are having in the lives of these ten children, even as they speak different languages and live in different countries.