At Rapha International, we are committed to praying for our partners. We want you to know that we are thinking of you all during this global health crisis, and would love to hear from you about how we can specifically pray for you during these challenging times. Please email us your prayer requests at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of you are asking how this crisis is affecting the children we serve internationally. We want you to know that we are actively taking precautions and implementing extensive protocols to protect our staff and the children in our care, knowing that there is little access to healthcare in most of the developing areas where we are working.
Here are a few of the ways we are being impacted-
-As international borders have continued to close, several of our staff are currently locked out of their countries of service.
-Our international staff continue to attempt stocking enough supplies for the children in our care for the coming months. This is becoming increasingly difficult as panic ensues. Prices continue to escalate and shortages are occurring across all locations.
-Many of our international staff are now facing the challenge of leaving their own children, who are home due to school closure, to provide care for our child survivors.
As an organization that understands the issues surrounding exploitation, we see another devastating consequence of this crisis emerging. As the ripple effect of the suffering global economy interacts with the developing world, the most impoverished people are losing their jobs first. This puts already vulnerable children at even greater risk. At Rapha International, we know that traffickers and exploiters seize opportunities such as these for their own profit.
The financial effects of COVID-19 on the work of Rapha International remain to be seen in the coming months, but now more than ever before, we need your help not only to keep our momentum strong but to prepare to serve more children during this global crisis. Together, we have made great strides in the fight against child trafficking and sexual exploitation, and we cannot stop now- in this hour of great need.
Friends, despite being faced with so many uncertainties, at Rapha International, we know a lot about hope, because every single day, we get to see the power of hope lived out in the lives of the children we serve. Thank you for providing that hope to the children of Rapha International through the years. Today, they mirror that same hope back to you- as we all walk together through this unprecedented season.
Stephanie Garman Freed
Co-founder and CEO
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