We are the DuBois family (Joshua, Tina, and our daughter Savanna) and we are taking a leap of faith and moving to Thailand at the end of the year. Our family has been on a few short term medical mission trips to the Philippines and to Cambodia. At this time only Joshua has been to Thailand. Which means that none of us speak the language. We are enrolling in a language school after we arrive in Thailand. Meanwhile we are working at home with Mango to learn some conversational language skills (which is not easy). So I bet you are asking, why Thailand, and what are you all going to do while there?
We have a daughter and I’m willing to bet that you know someone 13 and under whether boy or girl. You might have a daughter that age, or a sister, or a nephew, or that little girl/boy that lives across the street. So what does it have to do with Thailand? Thailand is a source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking and many of the victims are only children. They range in age, but it is very common for a 12/13-year-old to be trafficked. Thailand is known as the sex-trafficking capital of the world.
It is currently estimated that there are 37 million people worldwide trapped in the bondage of human trafficking. Current statistics reveal that only 1% of those trapped in human trafficking are ever rescued. So we have partnered with Thrive Rescue, they are a dedicated nonprofit that is committed to the prevention of human trafficking, the rescue of those currently trapped, and the aftercare of those who have been rescued.
More about Thrive to come.
Joshua is taking over as the in-country Thailand Director. That means he will be running all programs that Thrive Rescue currently offers. Thrive currently has 3 homes for children (boy and girls) who have been rescued. Thrive also has a rice feeding program. The newest addition to Thrive is Shear Love. Shear Love International is designed to educate and empower women by providing an education in hair design.
Joshua will be working with the local Police and Social Workers; Thrive works closely with these teams providing tips, investigative information, and act as a safe placement for aftercare as a rescue progresses. Thrive partners with investigators who commit to working with local law enforcement so that the survivor is treated with dignity and care and the perpetrators are prosecuted according to local laws.
Tina will be an extra set of willing hands to do whatever is necessary at the time. Tina has almost completed her degree in Christian Counseling and will be able to assist in Counseling once her degree is finished.
Savanna is looking forward to getting to meet the children in the Thrive homes. She has always wanted a huge family and this is the answer to her prayers for one.
We are volunteers, this is not a paid position. God called and we have answered the call to serve!
We are dedicated to seeing an end to the exploitation, slavery, and trafficking. So why Thailand; I think the real question is why not Thailand?