Who We Are

Our History

What began as one ordinary man with a dream and a passion for setting others free has now grown into a worldwide organisation dedicated to rescuing and restoring children enslaved in the sex trade.

Child Rescue was previously known as Destiny Rescue in New Zealand, and changed its name in August, 2017 to Child Rescue, though still operates as the New Zealand branch of Destiny Rescue International.

Destiny Rescue’s story begins with Founder and International President Tony Kirwan and his friend sitting together at lunch, discussing what to do with the rest of their lives. “For whatever reason we got all deep and meaningful,” Tony remembers. He had always thought he would support overseas charity work, but during that conversation, he felt called for the first time to do the work himself.

In October of 1998, Tony travelled to Cambodia with his father. There Tony saw kids in the dump with open sores, swollen bellies and little to no clothing. One night during the trip, Tony sensed an overwhelming need to do something. “I remember I was about to pray something like, ‘God have mercy on these children’, but before I could even get the words out, I felt what I should really be praying is, ‘God have mercy on me if I don’t do something to help these kids.’”

When Tony returned from his trip, he shared his experience with his wife. She told him that she too felt called to work with vulnerable children. Eventually, their young family moved to Thailand to do volunteer work for an organisation there. While living in Thailand, Tony and his wife heard a man tell how he had been offered children for sex for $400 USD in Bangkok. “When I heard this story it really hit me, and I knew I had to do something,” Tony says. “It was at this point, I believe, God put the vision of Destiny Rescue in my heart.”

Today, Destiny Rescue is an internationally-recognized Christian non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing children trapped in the sex trade. Over the years Destiny Rescue has helped hundreds of children escape brothels, bars and red-light districts. We’ve brought many of them into our Rescue Homes, where the children are cared for in a safe, loving environment.

Destiny Rescue currently operates in Thailand, India, Cambodia and the Philippines, with hundreds of employees and volunteers committed to our mission: To see sex slavery ended in our lifetime.

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