Joining the Fight to Care for Exploited Girls in Haiti
A heart breaking tragedy is to be halfway into the year 2020 and know that modern day slavery is thriving in the world today. Haiti is no exception. It is a nation at risk. With a score of 70, the Global Slavery Index states that Haiti carries the highest vulnerability score in the Americas. Every day, children are vulnerable to the ongoing economic crisis, political instability, and long-term unemployment and underemployment that have caused years of struggle for this nation. Additionally, with a score of 18.8, the Global Slavery Index states that Haiti carries the lowest score for it’s support for survivors in the Americas…for all the same reasons. Unfortunately, these scores have remained unchanged over the past few years and the combination of those two measurements is a huge concern.
Hands and Feet Project has served children in Haiti for over 15 years, working along Haiti’s Child Protective Services and tackling solutions to both the cause and consequence of the vulnerable. We have been approached by leaders in both the public and private sector to step in as caregivers to those rescued from trafficking and slavery. We are prepared to respond! Our goal is to join forces with other advocates, donors, investigators, government leaders, and social workers. Together we can make a difference.
We are developing new programming designed to provide a safe and stable living environment for girls up to 17 years old who have been victimized in the commercial sex industry. Each girl entering our aftercare program will reside in a Christ-centered, therapeutic environment where her physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual care will be the highest priorities.
We have placed this new direction at the feet of Jesus. We know and believe that God is love, and we also believe that God is just. Not only does God exemplify what true justice looks like to us, His word also says that HE requires us to be a part of doing justice with him. Micah 6:8 says “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” When Hands and Feet Project was approached by leaders in the community to be a part of their work toward justice through rescue efforts, we turned to God in prayer, asking for His guidance. His answer to us was clear, as the spirit of Psalm 82:3 weighed heavy on our hearts “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.” Please be in prayer for this direction, the people involved in serving these beautiful girls, the girls God plans to put in our care, and how you can be involved. We will keep you updated each step of the way.
“Great is the art of the beginning, but greater is the art of ending.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Let’s get together – virtually!
We hosted our first Zoom chat with Mark Stuart and Will McGinniss. We had a great conversation about the lessons we have learned during years of ministry and music. If you are interested, we would love to schedule a time to connect with you, your church, your small group or your college ministry. Email email@example.com, our team will get the process started!
“I’m thankful to Hands & Feet for this opportunity. The testimonies and experiences Mark and Will shared inspired and gave hope to our youth group. From broken homes to teens that feel they have everything, there was something for everyone. I’ve been receiving nothing but positive responses from our students. I highly recommend youth leaders to take this opportunity, especially during this season in America. Our youth group grew spiritually from this but they’re also encouraged and excited to participate in God’s work with Haiti.”
– Freddy Colunga, (Youth President) Appeal to Heaven, Edinburg, TX
“Freddy was an incredible host! He came with some incredible questions and it was pure joy to get to join Mark Stuart in remembering lessons learned and victories won, proving once again the faithfulness of our God throughout the journey of His believers”
– Will McGinniss, Co-Founder of Hands And Feet Project