The Online Safety Campaign is conducted by Honor 1000 Movement in elementary public schools in the Philippines not only to raise awareness on human trafficking, but also to inform the students what immediate actions they could take should they experience malicious activities online.
In one of the sessions, one of the Grade 6 students shared that a foreigner chatted her online asking her to send him pictures of her naked in exchange for money. The student immediately blocked the stranger. Meanwhile, another female student shared that a foreigner kept on commenting on her photos which made her uncomfortable. The student also immediately blocked the stranger.
In our efforts to fight online sexual exploitation of children, we continue to hear stories like these from students as young as 11 years old. In Manila, where public schools are overpopulated and teachers are overworked, school officials are also aware of the problem, but are not able to respond as much as they want to due to limited resources and bandwidth. Our efforts to help them in this aspect is changing lives.
Microfinance Women and Staff Supporting Each Other
Because of the pandemic, most of the Philippines has been placed on lockdown since last year. This has challenged our program to adapt and comply with the health protocols that each municipality has set. We are grateful to have a dedicated team who diligently visits each area and client.
After several months of another strict lockdown in Manila, public schools are getting ready once again for module distribution. This allows us to reach out to more students despite schools being closed.
As young as 9 years old, Elaine (name changed for privacy) was pimped by her mom to customers along the street, and at 10 years old, Elaine started working in bars. She was finally rescued a year after and is now safe in shelter.
The journey to sustainability varies for each of the client moms of Honor 1000's Microfinance Program. There are various factors and conditions contributing to this, but one thing remains unchanged and that is the support provided to these moms.
The fight against OSAEC (online sexual abuse and exploitation of children) and human trafficking may be complex and long. But the increased involvement of leaders and advocates encourages us to continue pushing forward.