Sometimes it can be that easy to make a difference!
This last week I went to visit one of the local shelters that deals with teenage street girls. Some of these girls have been prostituted, some have been victims of human trafficking. Most have been on the street at some point, or have high risk behaviour that could land them on the streets.
These girls have been on drugs, they are moody teenagers, they have experienced heart breaking sexual abuse, they are violent and wild, and they are survivors…
This shelter was typical of most; high fencing, peeling paint, lots of noise and chaos… yet despite all the stereotypes, it was their lone social worker who stood out to me. She truly cared about the girls in her charge. She told us a few of their stories. About the good and the bad. She talked about operating from crisis to crisis, and the exhaustion that comes with dealing with the everyday disappointments while relying on the powerful stories of success that carry them through the years!
I sat there thinking about all the work that needs to be done to prevent and protect and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking. I thought about the many flaws in the systems and the need for more shelters and resources. Yet as I sat there, I realized that sometimes we get so discouraged by the big picture and missing pieces, we can totally overlook the small sketches of hope right there in front of us. The Social Worker gave me their newsletter, which included a wish list so simple it humbled me, and I felt like crying right there…
People ask me all the time what they can do to help with the fight against human trafficking. Last week I was reminded, that while there are so many missing pieces, sometimes all we need to do is give… give to the ones who are doing frontline prevention and protection with those being exploited in their own country, lets give to the everyday heroes who keep going whether we remember them or not. Let’s show OUR GIRLS that they are Not For Sale and give to their basic human needs.
The Wish List:
Financial Donations For:
- Transport Costs for the girls to get to school
- Transport Costs for the Girls to get to Educational outings/camps
- Medical expenses for the girls eg. eye tests
- Sanitary Pads
- Roll-on Deodorant
- Toilet Paper
- Hair Straightener (Must be mild)
- Shoe Polish (Black)
- Shoe Brush
- Nitagon Lice Shampoo
(Brand New) Panties and Bras for girls ages 5 – 18 years
Socks for winter
- Photocopy Paper (white)
- A4 Coloured Paper
- A4 Hard Cover Books
- Plastic Sleeves
- Examination Pads
- Flip Files
- Calculators (scientific)
For School: (60 of each item at begining of new year) Blunt nosed scissors,
Pritt Sticks, Space Cases, Ball-point pens, homework diaries
For the House: Blackboard
Bedding: Sheets and Duvets
(Homework program): Magazines (Huisgenoot, You, Drum, Vukani, Bona)
Camera and Film 24 exp.
Please Contact Regarding: Laminating Machine, Power Point Projector, Shredder
If you live in Cape Town and would like to donate one of these items contact: email@example.com