July 3, 2024 STEP – Thailand, Children of Night Light Employees
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Education Education
GoalThe goal of this project gives the children of NightLight mothers access to an education.
SummaryThis project seeks to raise $5,882 per year to pay school fees and improve literacy for children of NightLight employees.
Description​It has become the custom in Thailand for young women in rural villages to leave their children with grandparents while they seek work in the city. Rural families pressure their teenage daughters to leave school and go to the city where they can make 20 times the salary of a rural job by working in prostitution. The number one issue that NightLight addresses in bringing healing to women coming out of prostitution is their feelings of neglect, abuse and abandonment. These issues make them vulnerable to exploitation, and the cultural expectation to provide for their parents and siblings places a heavy obligation of sacrifice on the women. Education through high school is free in Thailand, but the associated costs of school uniforms, supplies and travel is a big burden on families with low income. The cost is prohibitive for the women at NightLight who are single mothers also supporting their parents and siblings. In addition to Thai women, NightLight also supports international women trafficked into Thailand. The funds from this project will support educating these women as well as the children. In 2023, this project provided tuition support for the first semester for 20 children in kindergarten through university. Staying in school prevents the cycles that lead to prostitution and exploitation. Providing tuition support also prevents some of the women who have left prostitution from going back to make the money for school expenses. The school year in Thailand begins in May and the fees need to be paid by the end of the month which is that start of the next school year. The project’s total cost is $17,647 over three years, or $5,882 per year.
Suggested Gifts$588 will cover the school fees for 2 children. $1,176 will cover the school fees for 4 children. $5,882 will cover yearly school fees for 20 children.
Prayer RequestsPray that receiving an education will give these children many more opportunities. Pray that this project will benefit the extended families of the mothers and children. Pray that this project will help bring healing to women coming out of prostitution, and be a tangible assurance of God’s love for them.
Managed ByDieselberg, Annie & Jeff