Partners in Holy Work

A Message From The Executive Director

There are two lines from my favourite Christmas carol, “O Holy Night,” that resonate deeply with Ratanak’s work in Cambodia:

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name, all oppression shall cease

In scripture, God came to humanity through Jesus to set us all free and the darkness of oppression is defeated by the light of Christ. We celebrate this through our work in Cambodia where Ratanak is confronting oppression and breaking the chains of slavery. And you are our partner in this holy work. We are so grateful for you!

Serving together in His name,

Graeme Illman,

Executive Director

Give a gift of Freedom to empower trafficking survivors this Christmas!

Thank you for your generosity this holiday season.

Preventing Exploitation Through Education

A Ratanak Rescue

Panha lived in a rural village in Cambodia. At 17 years old, she found herself pregnant and unexpectedly widowed. Her family worried about her future and the extra strain on their meagre income. 

Then a stranger approached her parents with a solution. If Panha married a wealthy man in China, he promised to send money to support her family. Her parents agreed to send Panha after she gave birth. 

Thankfully, Ratanak reached Panha before that fateful day arrived! 

The Community Heroes Prevention Program taught Panha how to recognize grooming techniques that lead to human trafficking and sexual abuse. Prevention education rescued Panha just in time, helping her reject the broker’s offer and share her experience to raise awareness in her community. 

Please give today and help stop trafficking and sexual slavery before they start.  

*Panha is a pseudonym for one of the young women in our care. Images and some details of her story have been altered to further protect her identity.

Imprisoned At Sea

Narith’s Story

Narith desperately needed money for his son’s medical bills. So when his brother-in-law suggested he become a fisherman in Malaysia, he agreed. But the day he boarded the boat, he was trapped. 

Narith worked long days and even longer nights, receiving a fraction of the income promised. After 4 gruelling months, the captain tried to fish in Indonesian waters and they were apprehended by Indonesian police. 

Narith was saved! 

He met Ratanak staff upon his repatriation to Cambodia where he was overjoyed to receive career support, trauma counselling, and family medical care that supported the healthy delivery of his second son—all thanks to you!   

*Narith is a pseudonym for one of the young men in our care. Images and some details of his story have been altered to further protect his identity.