I am lucky. I’m a winner in the ‘lottery of life’. I was born in North America in the late 20th century, within a family and country that loved and supported me. Some women are not so fortunate.
While attending my book club meeting last month, I mentioned plans about my next big adventure to Bangkok and Bali. I talked about villas and hotels, night markets and beaches, all of which I’ll get to experience during my travels in Asia.
One of the women at the party mentioned she had recently visited Thailand as an employee of World Vision, she went there to see the work being done to help exploited children from Thailand’s notorious sex tourism trade.
Her trip to Thailand was vastly different from what I imagine mine will be, and the lives of the women and children she visited in Thailand are also very different from both of our lives in North America. This makes me sad. It also makes me want to take action.
The World Vision Gift Catalogue’s ‘most needed’ items this year is: Help for a Sexually-Exploited Child. This is a great charitable gift idea for travelers who like to “give back” in a tangible way. Each donation is used to protect children and support trauma centers where they can recover from sexual exploitation and reintegrate into their communities.
Here’s a video about a girl rescued from the sex trade in Cambodia and how she’s making a new life for herself with the help of a Trauma Recovery Center funded by World Vision and our donations. These centers provide girls like Chanty safe shelter, medical care, counseling, vocational training and when possible, reintegration into a safe and loving home.
I’m planning to donate generously to this cause, and hope that you, my fellow women travelers, can also give a little to help others who have not been as fortunate In the ‘lottery of life’.
Canadian Donations: Click here to go to the World Vision CDN Gift Catalogue page to Help Sexually-Exploited Children
US Donations: Click here to go to the World Vision US Gift Catalogue page to Help Sexually-Exploited Children
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