Help offer love, education and security to orphaned children and widows.
Decades of war, ethnic conflict and extreme poverty have left more than a million Sudanese children without parents and at risk for mass exploitation. With one of the highest per capita rates for human trafficking in the world, compounded by this country’s poorest nation status, orphan care can make the difference between life and death, slavery and freedom, hope and despair.
Widows, too, are an especially vulnerable population in South Sudan. Traditional practice of the Nilotic tribes permits women to marry only once in their lifetimes. Since marriage bonds transcend death, a woman remains ‘married’ to her deceased husband and dependent on his family following his death.
Through our partnerships, Sister Effect works to offer hope and security to these orphans and widows. We do this by helping build indigenously-directed orphanages that offer safe housing and gospel-centric education. We also provide healing venues and support to those who have been trafficked by coming alongside of them as they rebuild their lives and communities.
“There’s a way to end modern-day slavery and such an end begins as we care about the communities where trafficking and forced labour originate and occur.”
There’s a way to end modern-day slavery and such an end begins as we care about the communities where trafficking and forced labour originate and occur. Once we know of such communities, we can begin addressing the poverty, conflict cycles and broken justice systems that frequently feed the atrocities. All the while, we can offer loving protection to the vulnerable and healing for those who have suffered and survived.
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27