Did you know today is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons? It’s hard to believe in the 21st century… but tens of millions of people live in slavery today, and the large majority of them are women.
Maryknoll Sister Helene O’Sullivan has been serving in the southeast Asian nation of Cambodia since 2004. Her primary ministry there has been fighting against the high levels of human trafficking and sexual slavery, and helping girls and women rescued from that nightmare to build new lives for themselves.
Sister Helene was instrumental in setting up the Horizons Vocational Training Institute, which provides those rescued from trafficking with the education and job training they need. With your help, they can leave the past behind and move into a bright future.
The difference three short years can make in a girl's life. She had only a fourth grade education and was working in Phnom Penh when she came to Horizons. She worked so hard she wanted to help her family.
The women at Horizons receive room and board in the hostel while studying and completing their basic education through grade 9. They are then given intensive training in the hospitality industry. They can study to be front office workers or receptionists, cooks or waitstaff, or housekeeping staff.
Graduates receive job placement at upscale hotels, are helped to find housing outside the hostel and are given supplies (including a bicycle) to get them through until they begin to receive their salary.
YOUR gift today will provide hope to these women and others struggling around the world.
The Maryknoll Sisters
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