World Concern’s Child Protection program confronts one of the most horrific crimes of our time: human trafficking. Trafficked children are treated like possessions, and used for cheap labor or for sexual exploitation. More than one million children are trafficked and victimized every year.
At-risk children and their families are often unaware of the dangers of trafficking, believing that employment and better lives await them in other countries.
You can help protect innocent children in places like Thailand and Cambodia, where human slavery is rampant. With your donation, you are making an immediate impact, permanently changing the direction of a child’s life.
Your support provides:
Your donation helps protect children through:
Awareness training – Through informal workshops and classes, children learn about child abuse, traffickers’ scams, and their rights as children.
Education – Through our School on a Mat program, children who would otherwise not be in school are given a basic education in an outdoor classroom right in their village or neighborhood.
Job skills – It is a harsh reality in many poor countries that children work to help support their families. This need is often what puts them at risk for being lured by false promises of lucrative jobs. We teach children skills such as motorcycle mechanics, sewing and jewelry-making, so they can earn income safely.
World Concern’s “School-on-a-Mat Program” brings teachers and lessons to villages without schools. Most of our teachers travel from village to village on a motorcycle with their classroom – a big mat to lay on the ground – rolled up on the back of the bike.
Here’s what one observer of our School-on-a-Mat program had to say:
“The School-on-a-Mat program was fantastic – competent, caring teachers providing World Concern-sponsored anti-trafficking, life skills and sexual health education in addition to reading, writing, and other core subjects. The children had learned how to politely greet visitors, sang songs, and answered questions we asked.
"They clearly demonstrated knowledge of trafficking, its dangers, what was ‘okay’ and ‘not okay’ in regard to unsolicited adult advances, and indeed, told stories of friends and neighbors who had gone away and not returned. School-on-a-Mat is a creative education solution to encourage parents who compel their children to accompany them to the Cambodia-Thai border (to work or beg) to allow several hours per day of schooling.”
Read an article in Monday Developments magazine about how World Concern is helping prevent child trafficking.