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Feb16Fri(Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam) February 16, 2018 By the TWR Women of Hope Ministry Team
Beauty is found in Southeast Asia’s rich natural resources and diverse people groups. Unfortunately, many areas do not have proper health care, clean water or educational opportunities for girls, a fact that continues the cycle of poverty and abuse of females. Efforts are being made to raise the awareness of the value of women. However, cultural practices like child marriages and financially profitable human trafficking make it very difficult to stop these horrible abuses. Many women and girls believe they don’t deserve respect and therefore make decisions that lead to destroyed lives.
Proper nutrition, safety practices or healthy medical treatments are not common knowledge in remote areas. Often, women do not have the needed information to care for themselves and their children. Information about the cause of pregnancy, development of babies, symptoms of diabetes or treatments for cancer is not available to large segments of the population.
Child marriage is still very common in the rural areas of Southeast Asia where there are few job opportunities and girls and education are undervalued. Child marriage often results in early and dangerous pregnancy, families with more children than they can care for and a cycle of poverty.
Human trafficking destroys lives in Southeast Asia. Brothels are filled with girls who were sold by their mothers to pay off debts, teenagers who accepted job offers to escape the village, young women who were sold by boyfriends and others who were kidnapped. Some of these victims are even taken to other countries, such as China or Cambodia.
TWR Women of Hope programs, prayer groups, skills training, and health seminars share valuable information with women who have few resources for learning and improving their lives. They are given hope and shown and taught about God’s love. Women and girls in Southeast Asia are learning that they deserve to be respected, valued and cherished.