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History

The work of Rapha International was born through the vision of native Cambodian Christian leaders.


These Cambodian leaders had repeatedly witnessed girls disappearing from their villages to be sold and exploited. Rapha International co-founder Joe Garman had been working alongside these leaders for years, but this horrific reality was brought to his attention firsthand as he witnessed the near trafficking of a young woman who had been sold by her parents. Luckily, the Cambodian leaders were able to intercede for and stop the traffickers from taking the young woman. But when Joe heard about the hundreds and thousands of children who were being sold into slavery in Cambodia and surrounding countries, it broke his heart.

These Cambodian leaders had the desire and the will to combat for these children, but needed the structure, programming and funding to do this work.

Joe returned to the US and shared the issue and the vision with his daughter, Stephanie Garman Freed, and together they began to pull in experts and partners with a heart to combat child slavery.

In 2003, Rapha International began an aftercare program for children who had been rescued from slavery and sexual exploitation. After more than a decade of growth, Rapha International is now an international aftercare program which has won the favor of the governments in the countries in which it works. It is an organization which practices excellence in the standards of caring for children who have been rescued from these traumatic situations.

The Rapha International model is to find native people who are qualified and passionate about combating the issues of child slavery and sexual exploitation in their own countries, and equipping them to combat on behalf of these children.

Rapha is a Hebrew word which means “healing.” And healing is the heartbeat of Rapha International.

2003

Rapha International began work in Battambang, Cambodia

2005

The first MOU was signed with the Cambodian government

2008 (SUMMER)

Baht was produced and shown to 20,000 High school students through joint efforts from CIY and Rapha International

2009 (MARCH)

Rapha International began work in Thailand

2009 (OCT)

Kids Club sponsorship program began in Phnom Penh

2012 (OCT)

Kids Club sponsorship program began in Battambang

2014 (MARCH)

The full-length documentary, Finding Home was produced and released, spending a year on Netflix and is still on Amazon Prime

2014 (OCT)

Dedicated aftercare program in Haiti

2016 (MARCH)

Dedicated new aftercare campus in Siem Reap

2016 (MARCH)

Dedicated new aftercare campus in Thailand

2016 (JULY)

Kids Club sponsorship program began in Mae Sot

2016 (DEC)

Dedicated the US Headquarters Office

2018 (DEC)

Rapha International celebrated our 15th Anniversary with a Gala

2019 (NOV)

Rapha House began a strategic planning process and changed our name to Rapha International

  • Rapha is a Hebrew word which means “healing.” And healing is the heartbeat of Rapha International.
    Rapha is a Hebrew word which means “healing.” And healing is the heartbeat of Rapha International.
  • Joe Garman returned to the US and shared the issue and the vision with his daughter, Stephanie Garman Freed, and together they began to pull in experts and partners with a heart to combat child slavery.
     Joe Garman returned to the US and shared the issue and the vision with his daughter, Stephanie Garman Freed, and together they began to pull in experts and partners with a heart to combat child slavery.