Part 3 of a 4-part series on Trafficking Prevention as part of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Nafia* is one of hundreds of orphans in her village who daily forage the streets for something to eat. With no one to protect her or care for her, Nafia had to find a new place to sleep every night. She watched other orphan girls taken away by strange men.
Nafia thought she had no place to turn, but God was doing a work in her village through She Is Safe’s ministry with a group of displaced women. One of those women, Dabor*, was a single mother struggling to feed her children when she joined a She Is Safe Transformation Group. As the women in the group learned to save and fund new businesses, they naturally wanted to help orphans. So, they pooled some of their money to take care of the orphans like Nafia.
Now Nafia is not only full of food, she is full of life. Dabor knew what it felt like to struggle for each meal, so she was able to empathize with Nafia, befriend her and show her how to build a stronger future. Now Nafia knows that she is not alone, the Transformation Group women care for her. She knows that she is safe.
*She Is a Safe uses representative names and photos to preserve the dignity of those we serve.
- There are 429,000 people currently enslaved in Sudan.
- Only 51 percent of girls receive a primary education.
- Sudan has the lowest age of legal marriage in Africa: ten years old
Few countries are as hard on Christians, but our co-workers continue to reach out to free and equip women in need. Pray that God’s love will penetrate the hearts of women in vocational training and that women will be equipped and safe from the danger of trafficking.
- There are 800,000 people currently enslaved in South Sudan.
- Half the girls in South Sudan aged 15 to 19 are married, with some brides as young as 12 years old, according to Human Rights Watch.
- Only 27 percent of girls attend primary school.
- 84 percent of women are illiterate.
Though the civil war is over, South Sudan is still unstable. Please pray that the women in She Is Safe Transformation Groups who are learning literacy, income generation, saving and lending and the Gospel. Pray that they will grow the faith, hope and provision to rebuild their lives and communities. Pray that they will continue to be able to provide for their families so their daughters will be free from abuse and slavery.
For National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, help prevent girls like Nafia from being abused:
- Share Nafia and Dabor’s story with others
- Give a gift to She Is Safe and help equip thousands of girls in the highest risk places around the globe to build new lives.
Source: 2014 Global Slavery Index – Walk Free Foundation