Rapha House has been in the midst of the “She’s Worth It” campaign – funding and building new safe houses. The last few months have been very busy, and exciting things are happening. Please pray for the success of these projects, for the girls who are rescued, and for those who are involved in all phases of this ministry.
Celebration! Rapha House received the funding to complete the safe house building project in Thailand. The land was purchased, a well was drilled and an encircling wall was constructed. Then an international partner donated $550,000 to finish the compound, which will include five cottages for the girls, a dining area, and two administrative buildings. This will provide the initial capacity to care for 50 girls.
The second phase of the building project is to fund construction of a new safe house compound in Haiti. The current rental safe house is small but secure. After the earthquake in 2010, many children found themselves orphaned, alone and terrified, living on the streets, and slavery and sexual exploitation followed. The rescued girls’ stories are shocking. One girl is permanently marked from being used in voodoo ceremonies. The need in Haiti is great, and it is difficult and dangerous work.
In Cambodia, another safe house compound is under construction. This house is in the province of Siem Reap, which contains the ancient ruins of the Angkor Wat temple complex. Although millions of tourists visit the area each year, Siem Reap is one of the poorest provinces in the country. Because of the poverty, the influx of wealthy tourists makes the children especially susceptible to exploitation and abuse. The current safe house in Siem Reap is a rented facility where 25 girls can be housed, but the plan is to slowly add buildings to the new compound so more girls can be added to the program.
Please continue to bring a quarter every Sunday for the Tower of Quarters, located in the narthex.
Our goal is 25 quarters a week – $25 a month – and we have more than met that goal. When we join together to fight human trafficking – human slavery – we can make an impact on this ruthless multi-billion dollar industry.