Prevention of Child Trafficking Program 2017

September 29, 2017 Update on the Prevention of Child Trafficking Program

The first four months of the Prevention of Child Trafficking project have proven once again that the Sisters in charge of the project are courageous and determined.

Rescued from Child Trafficking

Since April 2017, when the project started, they have rescued 11 more girls from traffickers. Ten of the girls were minors and one 15-year-old girl was found to be pregnant.One rescued girl had been sold by her uncle to traffickers when she was just 13 years old. She was sold two or three more times and when the nuns rescued her and did a medical check-up they learned she was HIV-positive.

Over the past six years these brave Catholic Sisters have rescued more than 470 girls and many of them were taken to the orphanages they operate and are now sponsored by folks like you.

Prevention is the Key

But rescuing women and girls is not the only thing the Sisters do. They want to stop traffickers before they buy or kidnap girls and that is the primary purpose of their Prevention of Child Trafficking effort.

Education is the key to prevent child trafficking
A school assembly to educate children about traffickers

Since the beginning of April they have held public meetings in many villages with a total attendance of 9,841. A short film was shown at each meeting explaining how traffickers work. Posters were created and put up in schools and villages. They held assemblies for 2,425 children in eight schools. A dozen Community Vigilant Committees were formed in 12 villages, while eight Child Vigilant Committees were formed comprising students in the sixth to ninth grades. Almost 2,000 women attended classes given to Self Help Groups. And training is happening on a daily basis to ensure their staff and village volunteers can take over the program when the Sisters move their project to new areas.

Loretta Worthington, Board Member

Loretta Worthington

Loretta Worthington

Board Member

Loretta met David Purviance on a chance trip in 2006, while seeking to be of service to the vulnerable children in India.  Since then, Loretta has been a longtime supporter of World’s Children as a donor, sponsor, and previous Board member.  She had the wonderful opportunity to return to India twice to visit several World’s Children orphanages, and even identified the Happy Home orphanage and petitioned to bring it into the WC family. Loretta raised funds to build a well at Happy Home, where it now has clean water for all the children and staff.

Loretta currently works with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services as the Program Manager for the six Medical Hubs – the child abuse evaluation clinics for the County. She also serves as the Program Manager for the County’s Gender Health Program, serving patients seeking gender-affirming care in a safe environment.  Before her work with Los Angeles County, Loretta spent many years serving non-profit organizations in CA and in MN, her last as the Executive Director of a statewide non-profit in MN. She has a long history of volunteer work including Board Member and Board Chair service, grant writing and fundraising experience, program development, and creative leadership, all serving our most vulnerable and disenfranchised populations.

Loretta holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.  She lives in Los Angeles County with her partner, Myck, and their rescue kitties, Scooter and Thunder.

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