In order to get to children before traffickers do, we must reach out to the areas where they are left most vulnerable. Last year we started the Boys Shelter in the heart of a community in the Philippines where exploitation is thriving — where pedophiles take advantage of impoverished children in need.
We wanted to eliminate the link between desperation and exploitation, so we began providing basic needs such as food, medicine, and education. We opened up a space for children to be nourished and feel safe, and they opened up to us — sharing their own stories:
“Life in the Boys Shelter is quite different. My life has changed. I am really excited about going back to school.
People here are kind and they really guide children. Children here eat thrice a day. Love146 provides shoes, clothes, school supplies, and shelter. It is a safer and a more peaceful place. We do not drink and take illegal drugs here, unlike in the outside world where no one tells us what is right and what is wrong.
We should love and respect other people even though they are not good to us.”
Julian has only been with us since February, but he is already enrolled with a nearby homeschool provider that will work to get him up to speed with his studies. We will continue to open our doors to at-risk children, but it is education that will empower them and help protect them from exploitation.
Julian already realizes the impact Love146 has had on his future, and he finishes with a final word to you — a partner in his journey.
“I am happy now. Thank you.”
It is through committed, monthly givers who help us protect and care for children today and tomorrow. Become a Love146 Partner and join this fight alongside boys like Julian.