The novel Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison begins with the 2006 tsunami crashing into the Indian coast, plunging entire communities into chaos. In the midst of the disorder, two young girls fall prey to traffickers. This scenario is unfortunately all too real in regions of devastation.
Most natural disasters heighten the vulnerabilities of children who are already at-risk for sexual exploitation. Typhoon Haiyan is no different. When a child is separated from their parents or have lost their family altogether, human traffickers have a unique window of opportunity to kidnap and sell them into the sex trade. In fact, some countries have been known to bar pedophiles from flying to disaster zones, in an effort to stop them from taking advantage of such profound vulnerability.
So it is with urgency that I ask you to consider making a donation to relief efforts in the Philippines. The government of Canada is currently matching donations made by individuals to relief organizations like World Vision. With 55 years of experience in the Philippines and staff members based throughout the country, they are working closely with government disaster response teams to assist with immediate and long term needs.
Your gift will help bring vital relief to children and families impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, by providing lifesaving essentials and emergency supplies like: food, blankets, household supplies, hygiene kits, shelter and clean drinking water.
Donate online here or call 1-866-595-5550 to make a donation over the phone.
Let’s all jump on board to provide relief for those affected by this typhoon, and by doing so reduce the vulnerabilities of at-risk men, women, and children.