I have some exciting news! I’ve recently had the opportunity to join HELP International (www.help-international.org) and will be working as a volunteer in Thailand for 4 months. I will be spending the summer working on development projects that seek to prevent and combat human trafficking in the Northern border town of Chiang Rai.
As a volunteer I will have the opportunity to initiate life-changing, sustainable development programs. One of the first projects that I will be involved in is a focused education initiative geared towards girls ages 8-18, all of whom are vulnerable (because of poverty, lack of education, and their gender) to becoming victims of human sex and labor trafficking. 1 million children are exploited by the global sex trade each year; 40,000 of these sexually exploited children live in Thailand (U.S. Department of State). I will be working to prevent these girls from being trafficked through free education, literacy, and vocational training programs.
Many might question why I am going, or if I can make a difference. I will say this—what thing cannot be accomplished that is done in faith, with real passion, and through hard work? "Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." I truly believe that we can “be the change we want to see in the world.”