Most of the families, children included, attempt to earn a meager amount of income by finding and collecting recyclable items which can be turned in at a nearby processing center.
IDES has had the opportunity to partner with local ministers and mission workers in the area for the past few years, providing emergency food, water, clothing, blankets, medical care, and other basic necessities.
The celebration included teaching, singing, play-time, a food distribution, and a joyous feast.
Hope was in the eyes of all who were present.
"Our Kids Club programs reach out to impoverished communities where children are likely to be victimized. By sponsoring a Kids Club child, you make it possible for an at-risk boy or girl to go to school and receive health services. We want to do everything we can for these children to prevent them from being trafficked. Child sponsorship is simple. Prevention makes sense." - [RH]
"Kids Club links one impoverished, at-risk child with one sponsor. Sponsorship provides monthly support for school fees, uniforms and supplies, basic medical coverage, access to a local drop in center, nutritional help for families, and a social worker to advocate for the nutritional help for families, and a social worker to advocate for the child and make sure that they are safe in their home and community."
"Through Kids Club, we are able to intercede for children before they are trafficked and reach the entire family with education, not only for the children, but for the adults as well. Our social workers are tireless in their efforts to help communities understand the destructive outcomes of abuse, exploitation, and trafficking of children." - [RH]