I have travelled with Love146 for much of it's journey, firstly as a supporter and then as a board member and now as Asia Director of Prevention.
I love being part of a movement of passionate people who go above and beyond in seeking the best for children. I deeply respect my colleagues at Love146, both men and women and count it a huge privilege that they are my friends and I believe that God is with us right in the middle of all the many challenges and the messiness that is the context and realities of where we work!
I love my job.
When I see a child in a school I think about how important it is for us to protect every child, girl and boy from experiencing exploitation and consider how we can make that possible.
When I see a girl or boy in a shelter think about what can we do to enable their restoration and how can we build their resilience.
When I see a child who has returned to their community I consider how we can support all those whom they need to help them move from surviving to thriving.
In the coming years I want to see more men stating with men in the church taking responsibility and actively reaching out to address the issues of demand. I want to see children all over Asia more informed and as a result better protected. I also want to see a network of organizations specifically reaching out to boys, young men and transgender.
When I meet people who have had little exposure to the issue I find myself getting excited that the person I am about to talk to could become a leading abolitionist and it could all start from this very conversation!
There is so much to do but we can influence every person that crosses our path. When I meet someone who is working as an abolitionist in prevention, advocacy or restoration, I think about how I can connect them to others to make an even bigger difference.
Mother Teresa once said:
"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters that makes many ripples."
I have been fortunate in receiving some great training and experience in research and capacity building. Each and every person can do something to contribute to the abolitionist movement. Find your niche and do it with excellence.