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August 24, 2016 - Comments Off on Compelled to do something -by Jessica Welsh

Compelled to do something -by Jessica Welsh

The stories that were shared about human trafficking during my brief time at ZOE absolutely broke my heart. I was overwhelmed with righteous anger and felt compelled to do something about it.

Micah 6:8 says
Micah 6-8Living in the western world, the majority of our society, are blissfully unaware of the horrors that take place everyday.
 

In organizing the trivia night I wanted to not only raise much needed funds for ZOE, I wanted to raise awareness.

Trivia night

You can't listen to the children's stories and remain the same person you were before.

The work ZOE does for these children is absolutely incredible. They rescue them out of slavery and darkness, into a place of love and freedom. I am reminded of the verse from Matthew 25:40 which states, "The King will reply 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'
It was an absolute honour to organise an event like this. I would do it all again in a heart beat. I pray that the people who attended the evening will be touched and inspired to continue to raise awareness and to help make our world a place without slavery.

A place filled with love, compassion and freedom.

- Jessica Welsh -

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Proceeds from the night run by GBAB were given to ZOE Foundation Australia and Baan Op Un

Thank you Jess Welsh and your incredible team and also to everyone who donated auction items, prizes and to all who came to the trivia night.

May 6, 2016 - Comments Off on BETTER THAN CURE…

BETTER THAN CURE…

 

‘Prevention is better than cure …’ so the adage goes. This why ZOE International & ZOE Australia operates their ‘Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign’ along Thai-Burma Border Region.

The target group of this program is the children and adults who live in this ‘at risk’ area of human trafficking activities. Throughout the year we educate people along the Thai-Burma border and at local schools on the dangers of human trafficking and how they can protect themselves from becoming a victim.

The ‘Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign’ program has been designed with two modes – a full program and a half program. The full program includes:

  • teachings on the definition of human trafficking
  • configuration of human trafficking
  • types of human trafficking
  • prevention from human trafficking

This program typically includes of mixture of:

  • dramas
  • music
  • games
  • teaching workshops
  • discussion groups

Better than cure...

The ZOE Child Rescue staff often team up with the ZOE ministry students.

Working with this prevention program has truly developed teamwork within our ZOE Child Rescue team, as we experience the love, fellowship, commitment, and endurance among the team.

In addition, this teamwork allows us to see and know each other’s natural & spiritual gifts, which also helps to build up and strengthen us even more as a team. The way we connect with and spend time with the local people helps us to better understand their situations and problems which, in turn motivates us to work even harder to provide assistance for these vulnerable people. During the last quarter of 2015, we ran our ‘Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign’ program twice.

 

April 11, 2016 - Comments Off on What is child advocacy?

What is child advocacy?

In 2015 the ZOE Child Rescue team provided 967 hours of child advocacy.

For those of you who may wonder just what child advocacy involves … something that is very complex can be simply explained in terms of management, referrals and procedures.

More specifically child advocacy includes many aspects such as:

  • managing court protection and preparing ZOE children for Court Hearings
  • managing transportation and protection of ZOE children for police interviews
  • managing family assessments and maintaining communication with ZOE children’s families
  • liaising with ZOE children’s schools
  • working towards procurement of citizenship for ZOE children
  • arranging family visits for ZOE children
  • facilitating medical checks / visits for ZOE children
  • investigation of child referrals and assessment
  • victim screening including Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings about each child's case
  • facilitating victim compensation meetings and repatriation procedures
  • responding to social work requests from the ZOE think tank team

 

When we stop and think about it, 967 hours doesn't really seem much. The issue ought not to be just how many children are being rescued — but more significantly how many more lives are there who need rescuing? The need is great and that why we are here!

May we not get too caught up in statistics or the issues of management, referrals and procedures; but let us focus on the task at hand - the needs of that one child who is valuable and precious in need of rescuing.#torescueoneisworthit

June 5, 2015 - Comments Off on Trafficking Awareness Campaign

Trafficking Awareness Campaign

The ZOE Child Rescue staff and staff from other ZOE departments set out to a new area along the Thai-Burma border to run a two-day Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign. Having reports of trafficking and missing people in the area, it was a timely opportunity to empower and impact this community with our comprehensive awareness training. There were two different ethnic people groups from two villages who gathered; a total of 202 people!

teaching

The ZOE team performed a typical human trafficking drama for the villagers and educated villagers on the definition of human trafficking, how to protect themselves from being deceived or trafficked, and how to obtain appropriate travel documents before entering into Thailand or other countries.

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April 15, 2015 - Comments Off on Computers to help the ZOE Child Trafficking Prevention Team

Computers to help the ZOE Child Trafficking Prevention Team

The rescue-prevention team was getting ready as the weekend approached. Before them was an early morning to commence a 4-5 hour trip from the city to another one of Thailand’s remote villages.

More connections with vulnerable people groups; such as migrant populations and tribal communities, means the message of prevention and awareness can be increased and children’s risk factors for being trafficked decreased.

Recently at ZOE, we’ve received funds for computers for the team. Our rescue team is an incredible bunch, always seeking to develop best practices for this challenging yet rewarding work. The availability of technology such as these computers is simply invaluable to moving forward...

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