For all who don't know, November 12th me and a buddy are running a half-marathon in the hope of raising both support and awareness for an Anti-Human Trafficking organization. I've included the blurb from our "Team Page" with some statistics (since numbers make the world go 'round...). If you're not involved or aware, I encourage you to raise your awareness and implore you to get involved...
We are running the San Antonio Rock n' Roll Half Marathon for Pashi. Her early life placed her in the path of her violent, alcoholic father. Thankfully, she has refuge from today’s danger and tomorrow’s hopelessness through As Our Own and You.
What will your donation do?
- $720 will allow her to attend school for 9 months
- $696 will allow her to eat three nutritious meals a day for one year
- $672 will give her a comfortable home for 1 year
What does Pashi face outside of As Our Own?
- - Sex Trafficking: Girls as young as 7 are forced into prostitution (source)
- - Slave labor: 82 girls per day are trafficked (source)
- - Starvation: If you are a girl and not in the two above you face starvation (source)
Her story gives reason to our running . . .
Extreme poverty in India shows mercy to no one—not even to a small child, Pashi.
Her story begins in a small village in Western India, where she was born into a poor family caught in the poverty cycle. The cruelty of this life pushed Pashi’s father to seek refuge in alcohol. The alcohol pushed him to fits of violent rage.
Pashi’s mother decided to take the kids away from her raging, alcoholic husband, but that left them with even fewer options for survival. Often Pashi went without food, clothing, and shelter. There was little hope for a future outside the constant struggle.
When Pashi was 7 years old, As Our Own staff rescued her from extreme poverty and unstable living conditions. Her mom was hired as a cook at Hope College. This was a joyful relief for Pashi and her mother! Pashi would have not only food, clothing, and shelter—she would also have a good education, tutoring, lessons, and a larger lifelong family. Now, three years later, Pashi has excelled in her studies; her love for singing and dancing was unearthed and is being nurtured through lessons. Pashi is extremely grateful for the love of God she experiences through her As Our Own family.
Together, we are rewriting a real child's life story with every step. Will you sponsor Pashi?Notes
Pashi is a pseudonym.