ICCM combats child trafficking in Thailand

For Lahu tribal children in Thailand, an education is all that stands between them and a life of slavery.

That's why, in 2011, ICCM built a hostel that gives Lahu families a valid alternative to selling their children into slavery.

Thailand is known for its robust sex tourism. Behind that sinister industry is the scourge of poverty that keeps people desperate for survival and easy to exploit.

When faced with the alternative of starvation or survival, extremely poor families sometimes sell a child they cannot afford to keep alive to get needed income for the family.

That's a recurring story among the Lahu tribe in the Chiang Rai region of Thailand. And that's why International Child Care Ministries was asked by local faith leaders to build a hostel and provide education, food, clothing and hope for tribal children.

Children from the Lahu tribe are unable to access education due to their extreme poverty and absence of schools in their remove villages.  Our hostel provides 20 children aged 7-12 with access to primary and secondary education and Christian care.  The facility is built in the Lahu tribal style to house, feed and educate local children.

Sustainability is at the heart of this initiative, from parents volunteering in the hostel to raising vegetables and animals to augment the hostel's food supply.

This project offers tangible hope to children and families.  It is making the difference between freedom and slavery.