Strong Foundations

Thailand

As orphaned boys and young men leave their rural homes, they travel toward the hope of success. Thailand’s tourist industry flaunts glamor and pleasure with flashy lights and busy streets. But as these boys search for dignified work, their dreams often end in dirty brothels. The very basic need for survival forces them to give up a very basic right—freedom. Night after night they sell themselves to travelers, often contracting HIV and other painful diseases. But not far from this darkness, a small community offers them hope. Safehouse staff welcomes these boys into a new life, training them with valuable skills, education, and the opportunity to heal. In the same city, staff members care for young women who seek escape, transforming the pain of sexual slavery into the hope of a bright future. When you buy the work of their hands, you fuel their passion for freedom and remind men and women alike that they are valued far beyond the red light districts of the world.


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