DR Is on the Ground – The Philippines
Our two volunteers hit the ground running last Friday, tasked with assessing the situation and planning the urgent set up of a rescue operation. What they found has broken their hearts and burnt resolve into the very fiber of their beings: We will get Destiny Rescue into the Philippines… to rescue and restore the kids made vulnerable by Haiyan… we must!
Funds have poured in from generous hands and hearts: many thousands of dollars, stories of fundraisers being planned, offers to volunteer in the Philippines, and letters of love and promises to pray. To all of you, we say a deep and heartfelt THANK YOU from the people in the Philippines.
BUT WE STILL NEED MORE FUNDS
“It is not enough to do nothing. It is not good enough that we sit in our ivory towers and leave the vulnerable to face impossible scenarios without doing what we can to help them. It is not good enough that we stay silent while these children are locked in rooms and raped each night.”
Robert Webber, Cambodian Project Manager, from the streets of the Philippines.
It is only money that is keeping us from being there today. Please help; your donation will make this life-saving work possible. Reach out with us. Together we can impact this nation; together we can begin to turn the tide of pain and slavery for Filipino children.
IN A NUTSHELL
For the sex trafficker, tragedy brings opportunity and a huge supply of desperate, vulnerable children for exploitation.
Destiny Rescue is seeking to cut them off and ruin the plans of these traffickers and save these kids from the horrors of sexual slavery.
As soon as we have the required amount, we WILL begin rescue immediately. That’s our promise!
STORIES STRAIGHT FROM THE STREETS OF THE PHILIPPINES
The need is great. The children of the Philippines are literally crying out for our help. Their plights are horrendous; their futures in grave risk. Here are some of their stories as told by Robert Webber:
Day 3 – Philippines
Today was the day we were to get up close and personal with the victims.
Ena was drugged and raped by a friend of the family at a young age. When she awoke, she was in pain and was bleeding profusely. Whatever value she thought she had had been finally taken from her in the most brutal of ways. Innocence sacrificed to the whim of a depraved young man without a conscience. There was no way back; you can’t re-virgin yourself. Her parents blamed her.
Confused and with nowhere to go, she quickly learned that when you are hungry, there are few options to feed yourself if you don’t have work. Her friend introduced her to the dark side of Cebu.
What choices did she have? Was starving to death a better option?
So the life of a child prostitute was born right under the noses of the very people who God put on the planet to protect and nurture her. She was thrown to the wolves…and in the Philippines, there are many wolves.
Ena lives on the footpath under a tarp and a few timber slats for a bed together with her 1 year old baby girl who is passed onto the closest available person when a “customer” needs private time with her.
For her, all hope is lost. In a few years, even the option of pimping herself on the streets will be gone. It’s a miracle she has even lasted this long in the shadows of the streets of Cebu, Philippines.
With tears in our eyes, we exchanged a moment. Stuck for words, there were none to say. Before us lay a broken, weary, yet beautiful human being; created in the image of God himself.
The question I can’t shake is, ”Why didn’t someone come to help her when she needed it the most?” and “What do we do now?”
I am left with a determination to do something for the next Ena that comes our way.
Later Day 3 – speaking with young street boys
They told us they were made to perform homosexual acts, but they were not homosexual.
They were so excited that someone took the time to hear their stories and that there may be help coming for young boys on the streets.
All admitted to taking drugs – marijuana and methamphetamine from time to time.
When questioned, each of them was quick to tell us that the number of children on the streets available for sex was around 50%. We were speechless…stunned. Is that even possible? I asked again a different way. Same answer.
According to these boys, who really are in the best position to know, when we look around the streets of Cebu, which is teeming with young people, 1 in 2 are available for sex if paid enough money.
They went on to tell us that many young girls as young as 2 & 3 are being raped by family members regularly, but no one is doing anything about it. No one seems to care.
I twisted the conversation to the subject of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) and emphatically, the boys all said that a disaster like this will bring more kids to the streets. I was told they were there already, parents sending them to the large malls to beg, steal and sell themselves for sex. Anything to bring in a few pesos to keep the family fed.
This was the information we were looking for – the vindication for coming to the Philippines in the first place.
The boys went on to tell us that there are approximately 20-25 typhoons that come through the Philippines each year, and although most don’t make the “Western News”, many homes are destroyed each year and kids inevitably are the commodity traded for dollars to keep a family afloat.
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