Day 286: Destiny: Hope for Victims of Trafficking
I got brave and had my first haircut on the road since leaving Chicago almost exactly nine months ago. It happened in Chiang Rai, a beautiful city in Northern Thailand, close to the borders of Laos and Myanmar (the Golden Triangle).
Was I nervous that my hair dresser could not speak one word of English? Well…maybe a little. Did I feel any anxiety that one of the two ladies working on my hair was in training and a bit unsure of what to do. Yes!
But it all turned out well in the end. The highlight of this haircut (aside from the fact that they did a terrific job) is that the Destiny Salon was created as a training salon for victims of trafficking, to offer them hope for the future.
In addition to the Destiny Salon, the Destiny Cafe and Restaurant sits nearby, with a similar goal of teaching and training survivors of trafficking to learn valuable vocational skills. This in turn allow them to either continue working or set up their own shops, thereby integrating into the community and providing for themselves.
Their goals? Destiny Rescue is “…an internationally recognized, Christian based, non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. They help rescue the sexually exploited and enslaved, restore the abused, protect the vulnerable, empower the poor, and are a voice for those that can’t speak up for themselves.”
Destiny has helped rescue hundreds of children enslaved around the world, and kept hundreds more from entering the sex-trade through their prevention programs. They have fought for justice for those who have been wronged and have raised awareness of these issues worldwide. Their hope is to continue to grow globally, impacting many more people around the world.
To learn more about Destiny Rescue, their other projects, and how you can help, feel free to visit their website: Destiny Rescue. A special thank you as well to all of the Destiny staff that hosted us, answered our many questions, and spent time touring us through the Destiny home and jewelry “shop”. We pray that God continues to provide and bless the work with which He has entrusted you.