Can you imagine growing up in a literal garbage dump? How about raising your children there?
“What does the word “hell” mean to you? In Nicaragua, there is a 70-acre garbage heap called, “La Chureca”. This landfill is home to about 2,000 people. It is hell on earth. The people there spend their lives digging through trash for food or materials they can sell. Children suffer from mercury and lead poisoning, dehydration, malnutrition and parasite-related diseases. Desperate families often prostitute their daughters to the truck drivers for first access to new garbage. These young girls live in constant fear of rape and abuse.”
I know that we are all asked often to help those in need, and I ask you to please consider this important cause.
Before you read on…know that even if you can’t afford to give, you can still help – so keep reading!
I can’t think of anything worse than not being able to provide the basic necessities for your family, but then thinking about little girls being pushed into prostitution tugs at my heart in a whole new way. I simply cannot even get my head around it and I want to book a flight today and go rescue these poor girls and their families! It’s overwhelming…but we can help.
Sevenly is an organization that partners with charities as a “cause activation platform”. This week they have partnered with Forward Edge International, which happens to be a charity here in my lovely city of Vancouver, WA. Simply put, you can purchase a shirt (lots of cool options for styles), and Sevenly will give $7 to Forward Edge to rescue a girl from La Chureca. The girls are placed in a refuge home near their families where they receive education, job placement, nutrition counseling and love.
I have the utmost respect for Forward Edge because they are not only a Four Star Charity (meaning over 88% of operating expenses go directly to the cause), but they are working toward long term solutions for those they are serving. Think “a hand up, not a hand out”. From child sponsorship, to disaster relief, to health care missions, they are really making a difference.
So if you feel inspired, pelase join me in purchasing one of these shirts to help the girls in La Chureca. If you’re not in a place to give right now, you can still give by helping to spread the word through social media.