Saturday, March 19, 2011

Remember Nhu



Basic Information
Conceived in 2003-2004 by Carl Ralston of Akron, Ohio
Nonprofit 501(c) status
Faith Based
Based in the US
Micro-enterprise, Agape Beauty Salon

Contact Info:
info@remembernhu.org

What is Remember Nhu? a ministry that prevents children from entering the sex trade by meeting the physical, emotional, education, and spiritual needs of potential victims. Maintains children’s homes in Cambodia, Thailand, and an unnamed country but plans to open homes and/or micro-enterprises in Vietnam, India, the Philippines, and South Africa


Their Approach to the issue: Remember Nhu’s founders and partners have committed to a preventative approach (they do, however, partner with trusted friends who work in the arenas of intervention, vocational training, and elsewhere). Prevention means dealing with the root causes of child sex trafficking—poverty, discrimination, exclusion, violence, lack of education, lack of opportunity, etc. That is, the vast majority of our efforts are directed at keeping at-risk children from ever being sold into the hell of sexual slavery. Focused on girls and boys.

Goal: is to eliminate the exploitation of children in the sex trade industry throughout the world.

Faith Based: Remember Nhu and its partners, however, are equally committed to and will never discriminate against or withhold care from a child of a different religion, worldview, or persuasion.
Four objectives keep us anchored to their goal:
·  Meeting PHYSICAL NEEDS: A child with little to no shelter, little to no food, and not even basic medical care is a child at risk. Meeting the physical needs of children protects them from the sex trade.
·  Meeting EMOTIONAL NEEDS: A child disconnected from the loving care of concerned, responsible adults is a child at risk. To grow and nurture children inside the love of a family protects them from the sex trade.
·  Meeting EDUCATIONAL NEEDS: A child with no economic opportunity is a child at risk. A quality education and/or practical vocational training are the means to this opportunity. When honest, sustained work is an actual possibility, the financial allure of the sex trade industry lessens immensely. Educating children protects them from the sex trade.
·  Meeting SPIRITUAL NEEDS: A child deprived of any real, lasting hope is a child at risk. When introduced to the incomparable love of Jesus Christ, children are introduced to a new and accurate vision of themselves: that they are of deep, intrinsic, and eternal value. To pastor and nurture children into mature disciples of Jesus Christ protects them from the sex trade.

Why are they located where they are?   A watch list of ‘worst offender’ nations which violate the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 passed by Congress in 2000 and strengthened in 2003, and reauthorized in 2005.
Of particular interest to Remember Nhu are the countries:
  • Burma: Tier 3
  • Cambodia: Tier 2
  • Indonesia: Tier 2
  • Thailand: Tier 2
  • Vietnam: Tier 2
Children’s Homes: Children’s homes are a place where kids who, given the statistics, would almost assuredly be trafficked into prostitution are instead provided with the love of a family, excellent physical care, the best possible education, and the chance to be introduced to the amazing love of God.  The homes are modeled after the Grace Ministries.

How do the children find the homes?
Through church leaders, school teachers, administrators, and concerned citizens
Common characteristics of the children in the home:
  1. Desperate poverty
  2. Lack of education
  3. Lack of economic opportunity
  4. Difficult and/or threatening home-lives
  5. The absence of one or both parents
  6. Minority and/or refugee status
Remember Nhu has three children’s houses currently: 

Doi Saket, Thailand: Shelter is stable but temporary but they have recently purchased a large and remarkable piece of land in order to build several permanent homes for both girls and boys. It will have room for 150 boys and girls.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: This home (Haven of Hope) is presently caring for about 20 girls. 

Agape Enterprise: Remember Nhu opened Agape Beauty Salon debt-free in summer of 2008, which offers successful employment to young women who may otherwise be trapped in the sex-slave trade. They have plans to open salons in additional cities in the near future.


Funding:
Individual child sponsorship: Fifty dollars a month takes care of one child’s shelter, clothing, food, schooling, everything
Church donations
 Funding from salons?

Information taken from 
http://www.remembernhu.org/

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