BENEFITING: SKOLL COMMUNITY FUND
ORGANIZER: Visayan Forum
EVENT DATE: Sep 30, 2013
Visayan Forum Foundation wrote -
You can help restore their freedom, dignity and their childhood.
In May 2013, the CNN Freedom Project featured Visayan Forum’s innovative work to end human trafficking and slavery. CNN highlighted the story of three girls who at age 12 were trafficked into cyber-pornography. Thousands of others who were helped by Visayan Forum, suffered similar or worse fates.
While their story of slavery is shocking, the end is not of tragedy nor sorrow. The kids are now honor students in school too. Their resilience and hope empower other survivors. Their courage has led into the conviction of a criminal.
They were instrumental in the crackdown of one of the largest international ring of online criminals. The VF survivors lead also in the iFIGHT movement, they are true fighters. Read more of Visayan Forum’s interventions.
Yes! You can be a Freedom Fighter too. You can help us win the real battle against slavery on the ground.
How can you help?
Your gift saves a Filipino child from slavery.
$10.00 can provide daily meals per child
$20.00 can help the children with their school supplies and hygiene needs
$100.00 can help us ensure any of the following:
• Save a child from human trafficking and
• Provide shelter, education, and skills to
• Heal the trauma of victims; and
• Send and keep at-risk children in school.
$1,000.00 will establish the iFIGHT Against Human Trafficking and Slavery Movement in a school, community, or church to enlist iFIGHTERS who can advocate antitrafficking and anti-slavery among the youth.
As of today, over 118, 000 civilians have been displaced in Zamboanga City, Philippines due to the on-going armed skirmishes between rebel groups and the government.
The Visayan Forum Zamboanga City Shelter and Office reaches out and saves an average of 150 victims and potential victims of human trafficking in a month. (Watch: BBC News Asia's Filipino workers speak of abuse by employers overseas)
Unfortunately, it is located less than a kilometer away from the location of the conflict. Hence, it was forced to shut down. Our team members lost their homes in the fires that ensued, they were forced to seek refuge in another municipality together with the survivors under our care.
The Zamboanga Peninsula is a huge source and transit (backdoor exit) area for human trafficking and slavery to the Southeast Asian Region. This crisis may potentially increase the number of victims from the area if we do not act now, open our shelter, reactivate our office and establish our prevention and protection programs.
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“If you could live off of love alone, the Center of Hope would be a palace” – Leif Coorlim, Executive Editor, The CNN Freedom Project
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**The Skoll Community Fund will serve as an intermediary for Visayan Forum Foundation for the duration of the Challenge.