Our community care caseworkers are often unsung heroes. They can assume the role of a friend, teacher, advisor and second parent to girls we have rescued from sexual exploitation or trafficking in Asia.
It can be emotionally, mentally and even physically taxing. Despite this, caseworker Subin says it has been the “most rewarding” job.
Subin works the regular grind in Thailand – Monday to Friday.
In the first two days of his week, he clears paperwork. He writes reports about his previous week’s visits with survivors and manages their scholarships. He also notes each survivor’s progress or obstacles, and hands them to his team who write a personalized plan for each girl.
For the rest of his week, he rides his motorbike to towns and provinces in Thailand to visit the children in his care and their families. These trips can vary in range, from a quick 30-minute dash down the road to a few hours. And these trips, he says, are not always met with hospitality.
When it rains, the road becomes very difficult to drive in. Sometimes, even after driving for a long time, they [the children and their parents] do not want to come out to see us.
“When it rains, the road becomes very difficult to drive in. Sometimes, even after driving for a long time, they [the children and their parents] do not want to come out to see us,” he says.
Unshaken by their unwillingness, Subin will continue to collect the information he needs about these children. He tries to answer questions such as are the children going to school? If not, why? Do they need help processing their Thai national ID? Do the parents have a sustainable income? Can the family afford food? The answers to these questions help Child Rescue provide adequate support for them.
Subin also helps find safe jobs for survivors who want to help their family financially. To avoid work clashing with school, Subin offers girls summer jobs at small businesses such as street food stalls and cafes. He continues to monitor their performance and safety by regularly meeting with their managers or business owners.
My mission is to serve others and reflect Jesus Christ.
Subin says the most exciting part of his role is being able to introduce Christ to these children and their family and community. He introduces them to Christian programs such as The Power of His Word and The Daily Bread.
He tries to help them understand that anyone can be reborn in Christ. Often, he will share stories about young people who have been redeemed from drug addictions. These seeds, he prays, will grow into salvation one day.
“Since I have been working here at Child Rescue, I’m able to meet different kinds of people and it challenges me. My mission is to serve others and reflect Jesus Christ. Because of this, I like my job and I would love to continue my work to glorify Jesus through Child Rescue.”