The Vulnerable Children Fund supports projects that help children who end up in extremely vulnerable situations, such as:
- Coerced into sex slavery in brothels - see Thien's story
- Trafficked into physical and sexual abuse - see Ada and Rajni's stories
- Forced into child labour in shops, factories and plantations - see Jubair's story
You wouldn't let it happen to your own child... please help stop this happening to these precious children of God.
Your commitment to the Vulnerable Children Fund will help:
- Rescue children from abusive situations and reunite them with their families
- Fight against human traffickers and abusers and bring them to justice
- Increase income for poor families to reduce the chances of children being trafficked or sold, help give them the opportunity to attend school... and protect their childhoods and innocence
NADIA - A CHILD BRIDE
Nadia married at 13... to escape the abusive plantation boss where her parents worked.
"All I thought about was to get married especially because of the sexual abuse I was going through..."
Nadia soon found marriage was not the haven she thought it would be. But thanks to the generosity of Australian donors like you, the Church & Society Programme were able to help Nadia leave the marriage and got her back into school.
"Now I want to finish my school and be a doctor. But for my community I wish all rapists were caught. I would love to see my community without men who defile young people."
Church & Society Programme is one of Baptist World Aid's field partners fighting on behalf of vulnerable children, thanks to you.
But it happened to Thien in Cambodia
Her father has no job while her mother earns $2.50 (AUD) a day. That doesn’t go far when you have 4 children to feed.
A broker said Thien could get paid well working in the city in a coffee shop. Both Thien and her mother knew this was a euphemism for child sex trafficking and prostitution.
But seeing no way out of poverty, her mother finally gave in. So Thien went to the city.
Whenever her mother tried to call the broker to ask after Thien, he would make all kinds of threats. Fearful for Thien’s safety, her mother finally contacted Chab Dai, Baptist World Aid’s field partner.
Working with the police, Chab Dai helped to rescue Thien and placed her in a shelter.
Will you help stop other children like Thien becoming child prostitutes?
**Thien’s name has been changed for her privacy and protection. Thank you Phoebe for telling Thien’s story.
But it happened to Jubair from Bangladesh
Jubair’s family were already struggling with poverty when his father died. Losing the main breadwinner meant the family fell into even deeper hardship.
As the new “man of the house”, Jubair stepped up. He went to work in a tea stall. Long hours in hot and sweaty conditions replaced school for this 10-year-old boy.
But Jubair was luckier than some. He escaped the factories and plantations where boys his age labour for up to 18 hours a day without rest.
Then Baptist World Aid’s field partner, SATHI, visited Jubair’s mother. They explained that allowing her son to leave school not only forced him into child labour but would also create more hardship in future.
Jubair is now enjoying school again. He’s involved in a special coaching program and leadership training. His mother is working harder to support Jubair at school – improving his future job prospects and earning capacity.
Will you help stop the child labour issues endemic in many poor countries?
** Jubair’s name has been changed for his privacy and protection. Thank you Reuel for telling Jubair’s story.
But it happened to Ada from India
She was trafficked at age 11 with the promise of a high-paying maid’s job in Delhi. The family that took Ada treated her badly, beating her.
After hearing about the dangers of trafficking from awareness raising activities, Ada’s parents realised they’d made a terrible mistake.
They contacted the trafficker, demanded to speak to their daughter and asked to bring her home. They were shocked to get this reply.
“Your child will not be brought back. If you inform the police then she will be ground and minced to death…”
Baptist World Aid partner in India, Emmanuel Hospital Association, worked with the local authorities to bring Ada home. She is back with her family and friends in her own village… and going to school.
Will you help stop the trafficking of other children like Ada?
** Ada’s name has been changed for her privacy and protection. Thank you Maddie for telling Ada’s story.
But it happened to Rajni from India
Not understanding the risk, her parents agreed to send Rajni to Delhi to work as a housemaid. She was just 10.
When she returned home 2 years later, Rajni was pregnant – while still a child herself. Upset and concerned, her parents took her to hospital to have the baby.
The baby died after delivery because Rajni was too young to bear a healthy child.
This event shocked Rajni’s village. It highlighted the message of our field partner, Emmanuel Hospital Association, about the danger of child traffickers.
Rajni’s experience, together with our partner’s work, has made the whole village more aware of the risk of exploitation. Now other parents and young people are very hesitant to accept offers to place girls in jobs in the city.
Although this caution is a good thing, it’s tragic that it comes at the expense of Rajni’s innocence.
Will you help stop the sex abuse of children like Rajni?
** Rajni’s name has been changed for her privacy and protection. Thank you Lilly for telling Rajni’s story.