A recent UNICEF study found 35% of the 15,000 prostitutes in Cambodia are children under the age of 16.
Children who are trafficked are normally either sold by their parents or lured into what they think are genuine job offers, then forced into prostitution. These children are often held captive, beaten and starved until they obey orders.
Reading these stats makes me feel sick to my stomach, and I’m sure it’s had the same affect on you too. It also allows me to be so thankful for the beautiful country we live in and all the wonderful opportunities we have here.
I’m so grateful for the fact my children are safe and can grow into happy, healthy adults.
Every week I am able to fill my fridge with the freshest organic fruits and vegetables to nourish my family, a luxury many people around the world do not have.
In Cambodia, one of the biggest barriers to girls attending school and getting an education is their immediate need for food. When a family is hungry, the search for food becomes their main priority and children spend their days either working or searching the forest for food.
HTG is helping
At HTG we are extremely proud to partner with B1G1, a giving community created to help people all over the world. B1G1 have teamed up with Free to Shine (an Australian charity working in Cambodia) to help protect girls and their families from trafficking.
Making a difference in the lives of those at risk is really easy. It only costs $1.13 to provide enough vegetable seeds to feed a family for one month.
The families are able to grow their own fruits and veggies to help keep themselves nourished. After providing for their families, they make a profit by selling anything that’s leftover at the weekly markets.
Our impacts for this project
Our enterprise sales team selected this project to contribute to and together they have been able to provide 659 families with access to seeds to grow their own fruit and veggies.
We are so proud to be able to support these families, ensuring girls can continue their education and reducing the risk of being trafficked.
If you would like to learn more about the impacts HTG has made visit our website.