Hello SPIRIT Family –
I have returned from my trip to Thongkouang,Laos. The people I met and the stories they shared were powerful. It was amazing to see World Concern working alongside this village, giving them skills and training that will make a lasting impact on the families.
These girls are part of a youth job skills and training program that World Concern is building to help keep kids (both guys and girls) from feeling pressure to cross the border into Thailand to work to help provide for their families. There is a tremendous risk to people, especially young girls, who go looking for a higher salary, and end up as a indentured servant or part of the sex trade. Having good job training means they can stay in Laos in find a job that can provide adequately for themselves and their family.
One of the challenges that families in the village of Thongkouang face is mom and dad are both required to either work or forage for food in the countryside all day, so children like this are left to take care of themselves all day long. The brothers watch after each other and their little sister, but none of them are close to old enough to really have that much responsibility. Having more, better food (through upgraded farming skills, and job skills training) would mean that one of the parents could stay in the village during the day to tend to the children.
I can’t wait to see the difference we make on this village through our donations and support. Would you consider joining us? January 27th from 6am – 6pm we will be sharing more stories on-air. Please tune in and consider supporting this village through your prayer and donations.