Southeast Asia Shelters
(This project is now completed as of Fall 2015)
According to sources, areas within southeast Asia has some of the highest abortion rates in the world, with about two million abortions taking place annually, which works out to a ratio of 58.2 abortions per 100 known pregnancies. The total abortion rate indicates that the average woman would have 3.32 abortions during her lifetime. Many of these women are unmarried teens; some choosing to even abort babies that are 20-22 weeks old.
Due to the official two-child policy and the threat of being disowned, many of these teens felt they were left with no choice. However, when our staff met a few of the pregnant girls our staff, they showed them there is another option. In return, these girls were housed with their children at one of our shelters, and are now helping out with daily chores and tasks.
At the same time there are also many tribal kids and orphans that were never aborted but are either on the streets or not being cared for. They are in desperate need of hope and care!
On one of Bill Blaney's visits, he was saddened when he met a 12 year-old girl that spent years living on the streets. "No child should experience what this little girl has endured," says Bill.
With no relatives or family, this young girl wandered into the shelter one afternoon. Her hair was cut short like a boy so that she would be somewhat safe among the street kids and she wouldn't make eye contact with anyone, skeptical of each person she met. The caregivers from our shelters took her in and after four days, her countenance had totally changed. For the first time, she had experienced God's love as she saw that there were people that actually genuinely cared for her and didn't demand or expect any sexual favors.
"This is why we are involved with these shelters," shares Bill. "We meet children with just awful stories and we can help demonstrate the love of God, in word and deed, to them."
As a result, we have four shelters that we currently support, whereby providing food, clothing, education, medical care, accommodation and spiritual care for 51 children.
However, there are many more children that are hurting and in need of this same care. We would like to increase the number of children we can provide support to by another 50, bringing the total number of children to 100.
Will you help us provide support and hope to these children?