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Art to Aid: A photographer’s journey to help victims of human trafficking

In the middle of a youth conference in Tennessee, Andrea Waldrop heard a phrase that gripped her heart – human trafficking. Though she was just entering her senior year of high school, Andrea suddenly knew that she would devote a piece of her life to helping to end the horrors of modern-day slavery. She connected deeply with the stories of vulnerable children that she heard at the conference, as she had been a victim of sexual exploitation herself. But Andrea’s wounds began to find purpose.   Almost five years later, Andrea is living in Tenino, Washington, and using her passion for photography to help bring an end to the human trafficking crisis. Through the organization Art to Aid, Andrea and her father, Stew, are donating a portion of all artwork sales to Touch A Life Foundation. When we spoke with Andrea, she told us, “The opportunity to work with my dad to raise funds for Touch A Life is very exciting to me. I love collaborating with him on projects and tossing around ideas for new items. It means a lot to be able to help others alongside him.”   We asked Andrea what advice she would give to someone […]

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Celebrate Independence

March 6th is recognized as Ghana’s Independence Day. In 1957, the Ghanaian people celebrated the end of colonial rule in their country, as they were the first nation in sub-saharan Africa to do so. On their very first Independence Day, Queen Elizabeth of England sent a message to be read to the people of Ghana. In it she said, “The hopes of many, especially in Africa, hang on your endeavours. It is my earnest and confident belief that my people in Ghana will go forward in freedom and justice.” This year, we are holding onto that hope and celebrating on March 6th – but for a slightly different reason. Come alongside us as we celebrate the Touch A Life children’s independence and freedom. Join us in rejoicing over the fact that these children are truly independent, free from slavery, and celebrate that they have been rescued and given a loving place to receive rehabilitation. It is your involvement that ensures a bright future for each child in our care. Our Global Family continues to support Touch A Life as we expand and grow, from the help we received to build the Touch A Life Care Center in Kumasi, Ghana, to the […]

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Class assignment sheds light on modern-day slavery

When Blair Burney was asked to represent a non-profit organization as a project in her Public Relations Writing class, she realized she was given a great opportunity. Rather than simply complete the assignment with a random organization, Blair decided to use her class project to raise awareness about enslaved and exploited children. Several years earlier, when Blair was a student at Coppell High School near Dallas, TX, she heard about Touch A Life through a student club named “Hope for Africa.” Blair remembered the Touch A Life story immediately when she was asked to come up with a non-profit to study in her class at UNT. She began her research by reading Jantsen’s Gift and gathering information from the Touch A Life website. Blair then visited the Touch A Life headquarters in Dallas and set up an interview with Pam Cope and the Touch A Life staff. Blair told us, “When I first met Pam she was warm, open, and interested in all of my questions, as well as some questions my roommate had. She made me want to get involved and made me want to go to Ghana and help!” Part of the class project was writing an article to […]

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Giving Tuesday

The holiday season begins with a celebration of thankfulness for all we have been given. Then the frenzy of holiday shopping seems to take over with Black Friday and Cyber Monday! This year, we are sustaining the attitude of gratitude by participating in #GivingTuesday.  It’s easy to join us – just give to support our work! You can make an online donation to Touch A Life and make it possible for us to rescue, rehabilitate, and educate children who have been exploited and enslaved. Once you give, encourage others to contribute, too, so we can keep the holiday giving spirit going! You can even take an #unselfie and post it to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to tell your friends how easy it is to give to those who need it most. Together we can work to end slavery and child labor, and we can preserve a spirit of gratitude this holiday season. Thanks for giving!  (Don’t forget – all general donations are MATCHED through the end of the year!)

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Modern-Day Abolitionists

Actress and singer Zooey Deschanel was recently featured on the show Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC. She discovered that her ancestors had been key players in the pre-Civil War abolitionist movement. What a legacy! There is still an abolitionist movement happening today. There are an estimated 27 million slaves worldwide. Over 7,000 children – some estimates are even as high as 27,000 – are exploited daily on the waters of Lake Volta. We have been given the opportunity to end these tragic events by rescuing and rehabilitating one child at a time. Of course, the more people that get involved, the more children we are able to help.  When your children, grand-children, and even great-grand-children look back at your life, what will your legacy be? Our team is working to eradicate slavery in our current time – will you join us? Whether you use your voice to raise awareness, or donate funds toward educating a child, or even travel to Ghana to bring supplies, we need you in this fight.  If you have any questions or have a special skill you’d like to use to help us, please contact us directly. We’d love to talk to you!

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Life After the Rescue

The International Labour Organization has named today “World Day Against Child Labor”. Concerned citizens and aid workers across the globe are coming together to spread awareness about a crisis that few see first-hand. “Rescue” is what comes to mind for most people, after hearing about children trapped in modern day slavery, living in poverty and forced to work with no education and no pay. But rescue does not indicate a one-time action; rather, to rescue someone is to embark upon a long-term journey that leads to freedom. The Touch A Life Foundation is committed to providing holistic customized care for the children in all of our programs that reaches far beyond the day each one is rescued from slavery. The 47 children living at the Touch A Life Care Center in Ghana are lovingly cared for by our Ghanaian house parents and in-country staff. Their days are full as they attend classes at Joy Standard School, play sports, dance, swim, and create masterpieces in the therapeutic art center. Some of the older children living at the Care Center prepare for the future with vocational training. They shadow skilled volunteers who travel to Ghana to provide services, like dental and medical […]

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National Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Day

Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Day. We’ve got a way for you to help us spread the word – read more to find out how.

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