Monday, March 28, 2011

busy week ahead...

This week the Child Development Foundation  is going to the public highschool to bring awareness to the students of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) here in Belize.  We will be going into their life skills classes and will reach about 750 students.

Last week we were at Our Lady of Guadalupe Highschool in Belmopan and also at St. Ignacius, an extension school for those who are trying to finish their highschool requirements, down in San Ignacio.

We are grateful for these opportunities and are hoping that we save some children from being exploited by helping them identify and understand what CSEC is.

Here are some facts from the CDF website:

THE SITUATION OF EXPLOITED CHILDREN IN BELIZE:

  • 48% of persons living in Belize are under the age of 18 years old.
  • 33.5 % of the population lives below the poverty line and have difficulty meeting basic food and non-food needs such as education.
  • 1 in every 5 children is a victim of child exploitation or abuse or neglect with poverty being the main cause.
  • Children who are victims of exploitation are primarily victims of commercial sexual exploitation, that is, children are participating in sexual activities in return for money, food, clothes, drugs, payment of rent or other financial benefit.
  • The age of victims range from 4 years old to 17 years old, though majority of victims are between 12 and 17 years old.
  • Most victims are generally victims of other forms of abuse which went untreated or undetected.
  • More than half of victims are runaways from broken family situations.
  • Most victims are not enrolled in school or are doing poorly in school.
  • Most victims regularly abuse drugs, alcohol and other substances.
  • Most victims have experienced harm and abuse as a part of the exploitation.
  • There is a degree of cultural tolerance for early sexual activity and/or sexual exploitation of children, especially teenaged children.


If you are interested in contributing directly to the work of CDF you can find that info by clicking here.

9 comments:

  1. CSEC is a form of modern day slavery and anyone could be a victim, Let's break the silence and eradicate CSEC.

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  2. Good on ya for keeping on keepin' on. This is such a sad issue...no, it's beyond sad.

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  3. Verlie, So true... CSEC is a form of slavery and it must be eradicated.


    Thanks for the encouragement Mollie... we will keep on working!

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  4. Bless you for your continued work in such a wonderful cause Alida. I pray your efforts bring that message to many others.

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  5. Phil, thanks for you prayers!

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  6. God bless all of those who are working to stop human trafficking. It is too horrible. I read Patricia King's blog about their rescue work in Thailand and Cambodia. God help the children.

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  7. I really admire the work that you're doing.

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  8. Karen and Kari,
    Thank you for your kind words. This work is very important and I am grateful to be a part of it.

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