Mary’s story lets us see the importance of our prevention work. Mary is now 12 years old. She and her brother lived with their mom and dad; their dad passed away in 2018. Unfortunately, their mother could not afford to pay for their school fees with her domestic helper salary. They moved to another city where Mary’s mom could make more money working in construction. Still there was not enough money for school fees. They lived in a shed and the children would be alone while their mother worked. One evening when their mother arrived home both children were gone. Mary’s mother went to the police and after many months they were able to locate Mary but not her brother. Mary was being used as a servant in someone’s home. The Children’s Welfare Department requested our staff to work Mary’s case. We took Mary by train to her home place to meet with the Children’s Welfare Department in that city and Mary’s mother. It had been 11 months since Mary had seen her mother. It was a very emotional scene as they were overcome with joy upon being reunited. The Children’s Welfare Department will be providing school fees for Mary and counselling services for both Mary and her mom. The police are continuing to look for Mary’s brother.
Five days a week across three locations we tutor 175 children. We work with the families to keep them in school or to register them for school. When necessary, we pay all or partial school fees. We will never know how many children we have prevented being kidnapped through our education programs and life skill classes. We do know that in India every 8 minutes a child goes missing. Thank you for all the ways you support our fight against human trafficking.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come