It’s been a productive first half of 2013 for Freedom 4/24 and we’re excited to announce partnerships with two new organizations that further our goal of bringing freedom and doing justice. In March we formed a new partnership with Freedom Firm, an India-based NGO dedicated to rescuing, restoring, and seeking justice for victims of Child Prostitution. On behalf of you, our donors and contributors, we’ve come along side Freedom Firm and funded a grant request of over $25,000 USD to fund the opening of a new field office in Nagpur, India, a city with a readily available supply of minor girls in prostitution and where no other NGOs are actively combating the problem. Since funding this project, Freedom Firm’s operatives in Nagpur have completed a number of investigations, conducted two raids, and rescued a number of minor girls including “Preeti,” who is believed to be 11-12 years old and is the youngest child rescued by Freedom Firm to date.
In April, we partnered with Sports Outreach Institute by contributing $20,000 to build and open a safe house for victims of sexual exploitation in Gulu, Uganda. Sports Outreach has been active in northern Uganda for a number of years and continually seek relational and innovative ways to meet the needs of people in the area. Two weeks ago this facility was dedicated as a safe home for victims of rape, as well as girls who have escaped child bride marriages and other forms of sexual exploitation. Called “Christine’s House” after Freedom 4/24 founder Christine Gelatt, the home will be a beacon of hope in a region ravaged by decades of civil war where young women were often the victims of heinous crimes. Being built on the Good News Community Center, also known as the Koro Farm, the women will receive job skills training, counseling and have the opportunity to be a part of a community where many will experience the redemptive love of Christ for the first time. Right now, the final touches are being put on the building to make it fully operational. It is our prayer that the home will be filled with the laughter and joy of rescued girls by September, 2013.
If you’ve ever run in one of our Run For Their Lives races, attended one of our fundraisers, or donated even one dollar, then you have had a hand in the work we do. Your donations are the sole reason that “Priya” and many girls like her have been rescued from a life of slavery, abuse, and rape. Your sacrificial giving allows us to build places of safety for victims of exploitation. Thank you for your support. Thank you for being part of the team. Thank you for joining us as we seek to be the hands and feet of Christ.
Bringing freedom, doing justice.
-The Freedom 4/24 Team