Dear Praying Friend,
Is a girl safe if she is born to a teen sex slave? Is she safe if she lives in a trafficker’s village, a slum or a war zone?
Girls born in high risk communities – red light districts, refugee camps, border towns and garbage dumps – live in the midst of serious danger. But we have the tremendous privilege of lifting girls from danger, thanks to a $70,000 Matching Grant Opportunity for the Forgotten Girls Fund!
Our cover girl for this Mid-Year Update (now available on the She Is Safe website) is Devi*, a delightful girl who lives in one of the largest brothel communities in India. Devi has witnessed some of the worst of humanity: traffickers, pimps and violent sex offenders. Is she safe? Actually, thanks to you, she is!
Devi’s mother joined a She Is Safe learning and lending group in her area of the slum, in the hope that she could build a better life and shield her daughter from living under slavery. Every week her literacy, vocational and financial abilities increase. She is building a new life, with God’s help, for herself and for Devi.
Devi and her mother are only halfway into our program, and they need our help to complete the course and rise above their vulnerabilities. We can’t stop investing in their capacity to sustain lives of dignity just yet, or they will fall backwards into slavery.
We are only midway through the year, but we are already celebrating transformed lives and families. While we pause to give thanks, we also have our eyes on what is yet to be done for girls who are still in danger. Click here to read our 2016 Mid-Year Update!
You may choose to support a specific project or staff ministry from the list below, or you can do twice as much when you preference your gift to be matched to the Forgotten Girls Fund, which we will use where it is most needed. Whatever you prefer, we are honored to steward your gift.
Until all are safe,
Michele M. Rickett
Founder & CEO
P.S. Your generous gift will help us mark hundreds more girls as “SAFE” – now and forever!
*She Is Safe uses representative names and photos to protect the dignity of those we serve.
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Displaced women and children suffer increased abuse and exploitation during war and conflict – and our co-workers, friends and the general population in South Sudan are in grave danger.
This week, more fighting has broken out in Juba, the nation’s capital. The conflict has left over 300 dead and resulted in a humanitarian crisis that is “dire and deteriorating… with hospitals shelled, food supplies running low, tens of thousands of people taking refuge in churches and many more displaced as fighting between government and opposition forces rages,” according to this recent article by The Guardian.
Since 2013, the instability and violence between competing factions within the South Sudanese government has brought fear and privation to those living in the world’s youngest nation. The economy has been drastically disrupted with food and gas prices soaring and millions of citizens affected by violence.
The clashes between the South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, and Vice-President, Riek Machar, are a result of a two-year long conflict ending in June with an uneasy truce that reinstated Machar as Vice President. The returned fighting has heightened fears that the country will plunge into a civil war, and the African Union has approved peacekeeping forces as a means to restore stability. The South Sudanese people, despite the years of conflict, persevere in the hope that one day peace will be restored.
In the face of these challenges, She Is Safe continues to work in South Sudan, sponsoring learning and lending groups where women gain literacy and start businesses to help them become self-sustaining. These women are courageous examples of hope in their villages as they generate income and feed orphans in their communities.
Currently, the situation is dire, and we await word from our co-workers on the ground who are in hiding or may have fled the violence.
Please join us in urgently praying for:
Your gift will provide emergency supplies (clean water, food and non-food items), care for the women in SIS transformation groups and biblical counseling to traumatized individuals and families. Please consider giving a gift to the Emergency Response Fund today through our secure donation form or by calling us toll free at 1-877-552-1402.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
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