Dear Praying Friend,
When I arrived on the island of Sumatra, people were demonstrating for YuYun, a bright girl who was raped and murdered by seven men and seven boys on her way home from school.
People were furious about yet another horrific incident of sexual violence. In response, the president of Indonesia called for stronger protections for children and harsher penalties for perpetrators.
This new indignation emboldened us to reach more children with our Abuse Prevention and Recourse Training. In that training, we bring Ten Tips to Safety, a hotline for help, underthings for girls and school supplies to about 50,000 Indonesian school children each year. Boys and girls learn to treat each person as a sacred gift from God. Children practice sharing safety tips with each other in preparation for talking with their parents.
One essential piece needed as a barrier of protection is undergarments. It’s a simple fact of life that most girls in the developing world have no undergarments. ZERO protection is the norm.
We gave every girl a cute pair of pantaloons with a ruffle at the knee. This new layer of protection is also a waving flag to any would-be perpetrator that this child has been informed and has recourse with a hotline number and trusted adults in her circle to report any abuses.
Right now, three communities are inviting us to provide prevention and recourse to 50,000 at-risk children, and we do not know how long this door will be open to She Is Safe. For only $10 per child, we could see life become dramatically safer for girls in the world’s largest Muslim country!
Click here to give the gift of Pantaloons, Protections and Pencil Pouches to Indonesian children (Select “Support a Specific Project -> Indonesia-Pantaloons, Protections and Pencil Pouches“).
Until all are safe,
Michele M. Rickett
Founder & CEO
P.S. We have teams ready to go into each school as soon as the funds arrive. Please be as generous as you can as quickly as you can-and mobilize others to join too.