Empower the poor
According to the United Nation Millennium Report of 2012, “There were 456 million workers in the world living below the $1.25 a day poverty line in 2011. This means there are millions of poor people around the globe desperate to find a way to support their families financially, especially in rural areas. So desperate in fact, some are willing to sell illegal drugs or even their own children into the sex industry.
The Bible teaches us to be kind to the poor and offer them help in time of need. “Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honours him” (Proverbs 14:31 NLT).
Child Rescue is helping to empower the poor and destitute, especially in rural areas where extreme poverty exists. We believe in offering them a hand up, not a handout. In other words, our goal is to teach them to become self-supportive over time through our many self-sustaining projects. These programs help families earn a good, stable income and offer them much better options other than illegal drugs or sex trafficking.
Some of our self-sustaining projects include…
- Pig Breeding
Child Rescue purchases a struggling family a male and female pig to raise and breed. In turn, the family can sell the additional pigs they raise for a profit. Then, they can pay Child Rescue back by giving us a male and female pig from the pigs’ offspring.
- Agricultural Farming
Child Rescue provides the initial seed and supplies needed to help a family or group of families grow an agricultural crop or certain types of plants designed for harvesting. At the end of each growing cycle, the family or families split the profits from their harvest. Then, they pay Child Rescue back for the initial investment we put in the project.
- Fish Breeding
Child Rescue provides the upfront costs needed to create a fish pond and supply the fish. Over time, the fish reproduce. Once the fish reach a mature size, they can be sold for money or eaten by the family raising them. Child Rescue is reimbursed from the profits earned over time and is able to continue empowering the poor with these micro loans.
Apart from helping the poor become self-sustaining, Child Rescue also holds Trafficking Awareness Concerts in remote villages where extreme poverty is prevalent. We use these music festivals as a means to get the whole community together to raise awareness about sex trafficking and to teach villagers how to prevent their children from entering the sex-trade. We also discuss the various programs Child Rescue provides in case any family might need assistance. Sometimes the concerts will include food and/or health clinics.
In short, Child Rescue believes in providing hope and stability to the poor and vulnerable worldwide.