The Myrtle Tree Foundation's mission is to fund the education of women who where once in human trafficking.
The Myrtle Tree Foundation's vision is to see these women who were rescued from human trafficking and rehabilitated by a Christian organization go out and make a difference in their country. When these young women have degrees we will be able to see a shift in their society. Cambodia is a very corrupt country and is dominated by the human trafficking industry. In Cambodia you can easily traffic women as long as you know who to pay off. With that being said, when we fund these scholarships we are putting women that will refuse to be paid off to keep the cycle of human trafficking going, in a place of power. This scholarship will do much more than help one girl, it will make human trafficking harder for those in the business.
Cambodia is ranked 14th in the world for modern slavery, with 35.8 million people trafficked for sex or forced labor every year. Of that number, 22% are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation and more than half of the victims are girls and women (source) . Poverty creates the perfect hunting ground for traffickers and with the after effects of genocide still fresh and corruption rampant, Cambodia has become a major human trafficking hub. It’s time to break the vicious cycle of slavery by empowering Cambodian women to take back their lives and dreams, to shatter the practices that placed them in chains and to save future generations of girls and women from a life of trauma and despair.
“For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.”- Job 14:7-9.
The story of Queen Esther, whose birth name translates to Myrtle, is a powerful example of female strength through faith and courage. She stood up to cruelty against her people and ultimately, saved them. We want to be the roots that give girls and women in Cambodia scholarships, so they can rise up as Esther did and blossom in faith, just like the boughs of the myrtle tree.
The roots of the myrtle tree reaches deep into rocky soil, bending, but not breaking under the vicious blows of drought and storm.The myrtle tree is a steadfast reminder that God’s light exists in the darkness and though we may lose sight of this, he is the root foundation that will nourish us with strength and love to begin again. We want to be the roots that give girls and women in Cambodia the tools they need to rise from the dust and blossom once more, like the boughs of the persevering myrtle tree.
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