Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Do you know where you are going for the Fall Semester?
At this point, we are in the process of being able to say that we are officially going to Thailand. We are about 90% sure that is where we are going. If you are NOT using CBU Internet, go to nightlightbangkok.com for information about the ministry we hope to be working with.
a little bit about it-
Bangkok, Thailand is notorious for it's sex industry where economically disadvantaged women are sexually exploited. Estimates are that 60% of foreign men entering Thailand participate in the sex industry, generating approximately $1.2 US billion annually.
Prostituted women suffer from sexually transmitted diseases as well as other related illnesses:acute anxiety, depression, insomnia, flashbacks, and emotional numbing. Most women are single moms with a 6th grade education from rural and impoverished areas of Thailand who move to the cities in hopes of providing for their families back home.
Fueled by a growing demands, countless women from around the world are victimized by gender inequality, poverty, and cultural obligation, sold into prostitution and trafficked in and out of Bangkok to sustain an increasing global network.
nightlight is committed to combating the exploitation of women and children through public awareness, emergency shelter services, transformative healing, spiritual discipleship and life skill training by providing economic development and educational opportunities.
nightlight's vision is to share the Light of the world, in both word and deed, to those who live in darkness. Through the art of jewelry making, Nightlight provides an economic alternative by employing women at nightlight design.