Helping Society’s Most Vulnerable
Few children are more defenseless than those who live on the streets. And among them, the most vulnerable of all are the girls—some as young as nine years old—who become trapped in situations that rob them of their dignity, their humanity, and sadly, their own self-respect.
Around the world, millions of children endure this horrifying existence. They are nameless, faceless and invisible to society—with few resources or allies to help them escape. In fact, in far too many cases, police and other authorities turn a blind eye to the girls’ exploitation and abuse. Hungry, and often sick, they are left to make sense of a world that doesn’t believe they are worthy of protection—or love.
They need help right now. And with your support, we can offer it.
Missionaries like Father Jorge Crisafulli are making a remarkable difference. Through a dedicated shelter at Don Bosco Fambul in Freetown, Sierra Leone, he and a professional staff of social workers, trauma counselors, healthcare staff and educators have helped many of these girls transform their lives. The Salesian-run Girl’s Shelter at Don Bosco Fambul is the only program of its kind in the country!
But the need is so much greater. In Freetown alone, Fr. Jorge has witnessed as many as 1,500 girls struggling on the streets—and many more suffer a similar fate in Benin and Brazil, India and Thailand, and other countries where child exploitation thrives.
You can help us eradicate this atrocity, one girl at a time!
“These young women are the heroes of their own story,” says Fr. Jorge, who hopes the Girl’s Shelter becomes a model for saving other children from abuse and exploitation around the world.