Sak Saum

I’m going to interrupt this Healthy Living/Fitness blogging streak to bring you all a message about Sak Saum and Tamar Cards!

A few weekends ago, a friend of mine had viewing of the movie Nefarious, which is about the sex slave industry in Cambodia in Thailand.  I haven’t had an opportunity to watch this movie yet, but from what I’ve been able to learn from my friend, this is an industry that is still running rampant in Southeast Asia.

I was really surprised by this, because I’d never really heard about it before, but it’s a real, current problem. So this past Saturday, I attended a Sak Saum party.  Sak Saum is a ministry that works to bring women out of the sex slave industry in Cambodia.  They provide food, shelter, education, provide for medical needs and counseling.  They also provide opportunities for the women to learn about Jesus and the Gospel, should they choose to do so.  They pay the women a salary and give them an opportunity to learn skills and rebuild their lives.  The goods they are making are mostly purses and accessories.  You can look through them here.

The bags are really beautiful

The second organization we supported is Tamar Cards.  This organization is located in Pattaya, Thailand and also works to bring women out of the sex slave industry.  They teach women the skills to make traditional Thai crafts (handmade cards, bracelets, etc), as well as other traditional Thai skills such as hairdressing or culinary arts.  It also offers the women a chance to learn about Jesus. You can learn more about it here.

Yes, these organizations are both Christian organizations.  But even if you are not a Christian, working to end the sex slave industry is a worthy cause.

 

Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.

Isaiah 1:17

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.

Proverbs 31:8-9

 

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