Rapha House Update
“Girls who have come to Rapha House have been cheated out of their childhoods. We cannot restore the the youthfilled life, joy and dreams, but we can help with a promising and productive future where they can shape their new hopes and dreams.” (Stephanie Freed, Executive Director, on the Rapha House website)
By the end of this year, Rapha House will have 5 safe houses in Cambodia, one in Haiti and another in Thailand. Cambodia is a source, destination, and transit country for trafficked children and adults. It is a country not yet recovered from the atrocities committed against the people of Cambodia by the Pol Pot regime.
Last year a young man and his wife attended an event at their church in Indiana to watch a film about 3 girls rescued by Rapha House in Cambodia. Jason was so moved by what he saw that he decided to restore in his body shop a 1952 Dodge pickup he had recently purchased, sell it, and give the proceeds to Rapha House. Jason, his wife, and 2 of their children began the restoration August 27, 2014. The work went so smoothly he was able to enter the truck, named the Sarah Rose for the child of one of the trafficked girls in the movie, in the February World of Wheels car show in Indianapolis, where the truck took first in class. On May 13, the Sarah Rose sold for $16,000 at Mecum Auction in Indianapolis; someone hearing the story of the truck was moved to donate $5,000 more to Rapha House. On May 16, the truck’s buyer auctioned it again, this time for $20,000, and again the money was donated to Rapha House. Not only did the truck raise $41,000, but the new owner has made the truck available to appear at events publicizing and raising money for Rapha House. Jason is ready to work on the next build for Rapha House, a 1967 Ford Mustang convertible.
Save the Date! This year’s Rescue Run 5k Run/Walk will be Saturday, October 3, at Terry Trueblood Park in Iowa City. This fundraiser for Rapha House donates 100% of the registration fees, plus other money donated.
Our goal is 25 quarters a week – $25 a month – and, although donations have slowed a bit this summer, we have been meeting that goal. When we join together to fight human trafficking -human slavery – we can make an impact on this ruthless multi-billion dollar industry.