The World I See – 2019 – Crisis Aid

The World I See

“I Don’t Know Why You [Rescued Me] But You Saved My Life.”

THANK YOU

One of the greatest needs a human being has is to know that they are loved.
That is what keeps bringing them back, sure the food is important but love is more important. To us we may be building a building, or giving food, or drilling a water well — but to them: it is a miracle.  Often times things look impossible…but for us, we ask: “but how are we going to do this.”
“REFUSE TO DO NOTHING” 

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Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

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THEN AND NOW – Feeding Starving Children

Dec 2018 Newsletter Then and Now

Thank you. As you look through these pictures, know that YOU are one of the special individuals that made these life-saving transformations possible. The smiles on these mothers’ faces say more than we could ever express with words. Their children are thriving today because of your generosity.

God bless you – and THANK YOU!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Pat and Sue

Pat & Sue Bradley

 

PS: It is your giving that makes all of this possible.

Precious lives hang in the balance.

Please Consider Making A Gift Today

 

Then and Now

Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

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Girls Village

Front of the Girls Home
Home, A New Start, A Changed Future

Home, A New Start, A Changed Future

 

Sex trafficking is by far one of our generations’ greatest tragedies. It is an epidemic with an estimated 4.8 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally [1]. East Africa is among one of the highest areas impacted. This atrocity is a girl being marginalized, broken down, and then sold by another human being simply for pleasure or financial gain. The onslaught of abuse and demeaning torment is intended to destroy the victim, both inside and out.

Together, let’s give life back to girls that have been trapped in the horrors of sexual slavery. Help us move girls toward thriving, not merely surviving every single day. Let’s bring dignity and hope into their lives and draw them closer to God, that they may step into the fullness He has for them.

The dream for these girls does not stop here. It continues to grow and to expand far beyond today.  It reaches into the lives of these precious people for years to come. We are determined to help the people of East Africa make a permanent “life-giving” change for themselves and their families. The goal is to provide each girl with opportunities they’ve never had, and without God and your help, This is impossible. They need to be rescued!

NO ONE should EVER be compelled or forced into sex in order to survive or protect their loved ones!

THE QUESTION 

How do we rescue more girls in East Africa?

THE SOLUTION 

THE GIRLS VILLAGE

Crisis Aid’s solution in East Africa is to design and operate a sustainable housing program known as the “Girls’ Village”.  This Village will house up to 100 young girls and their children. It will include a home, a daycare learning environment, a vocational training center, and retail space that will provide jobs for the girls once they graduate and rental income to help pay operating costs of the home. 

WILL YOU GIVE TODAY?

Background
In December of 2006, Crisis Aid’s first girl was rescued from sex trafficking in East Africa. In April of 2007, the first Refuge Home was opened for 7 more girls. Three years later, the Vocational Training Center was started inside the capital city’s Red Light District.  This was to help the girls still trapped. In 2012, Crisis Aid’s first US-based home was opened.  To date, over 1050 girls have been helped worldwide; the youngest being just four years old.

Rescued, Saved, Restored

Watch The Answer Come To Life

 

THE NEED 

Serving one of the poorest and most famine-prone countries in the world, with more than half of the population living on less than $1 USD per day [2].  The pressures of famine, lack of educational opportunities, sexual and physical abuse, and forced marriage at preadolescent ages cause thousands of girls to flee to the capital.  When they arrive, the girls seek employment, only to find themselves forced or tricked into a life of sexual slavery. 

Multiple estimates by non-government organizations and government entities reveal there are between 40,000—150,000 girls forced into prostitution in the capital city alone [3].  Forced prostitution is sex trafficking. 

“I never will forget.  On one of our rescue missions when we first started, Crisis Aid rescued 6 girls from the red light district.  But when we drove away, there were 5 girls left standing with their bags packed, crying.  These girls were begging to be rescued, but Crisis Aid had to leave them behind because we didn’t have the funding for more Refuge Homes.   That sight will always haunt me.  We have to do something more.  We can’t just leave them there.” – Pat Bradley, Founder

Currently, Crisis Aid rents 3 separate homes to house girls rescued from sex trafficking. All 3 of these homes are consistently full. With the restrictions of rental properties and space, only 35 girls can be rescued at a given time. To help girls still in the red light district, Crisis Aid opened Mercy Chapel Vocational Training Center. This vocational training is a huge step in the right direction for these girls, it provides a way for them to escape a life of sexual slavery however a vocation alone does not completely provide all they need to break the cycle. Girls Village Overlay

Front of the Girls Home

As The Sun Sets – Girls Who Need to be Rescued – Go Back to Work

WHERE WE ARE TODAY 

Overall Approach

Land on the main road outside of the country’s capital has been purchased and construction of the home is nearing completion.

Next steps

  • 1: Complete Phase 1, secure funding for the furnishings and the operating costs of the Home.  This includes the 100 bedrooms, kitchens, dinning rooms, play center for 40 children, family gathering spaces, and so forth.
  • 2: Once this is completed, construction on the 9 story Vocation & Commerce Center will begin with an emphasis on getting the Vocational Training Center opened as quickly as possible.
  • 3: Rent out retail and office space in the remaining areas of the commerce building.

We need your help. We are asking that you search your heart, and to be a part of these girl’s solution. Please help us furnish the Girl’s Home and begin construction of the Vocational Center and Commerce building that these girls and their children so desperately need. There is no financial gift too small or too big! Every gift matters.

WILL YOU GIVE TODAY?

We thank God for you every day and pray His richest blessings on you.  Never doubt, you have made a tremendous impact on this world by continuing to “REFUSE TO DO NOTHING”  

God Bless You
Pat & Sue Bradley
Founders, Crisis Aid International

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Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

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The Tesifa Project

Tesifa Dairy Barn
Tesifa Land 2018

The Answer To Abject Poverty Is Here

 

It seems like just yesterday we were starting off with a 2-pound bag of rice, determined to do more than just watch as people literally starve to death. You took up that challenge with us, and look where we are today over 2.4 million people served worldwide! And all because of YOU!

The dream does not stop here. It continues to grow and to expand far beyond today.  It reaches into the lives of these precious people for years to come. We are determined to help the people of East Africa make a permanent “life-giving” change for themselves and their families. Our goal is to provide them with opportunities they never had.

Asha

Asha’s Death From Starvation Broke Us

THE NEED

As you know, abject poverty consumes the eastern region of Africa where we work. We see it every day; children at risk of starvation. This was the cruel reality we saw when we first met Asha. Her death from starvation broke something in us, and the phrase refuse to do nothing took on a stronger, more urgent meaning. We began to see the root cause of this issue clearer than ever before.

Addressing abject poverty is not just about feeding, it is about changing the culture. The people in this region have lived in extreme poverty for so long, they don’t even know there is another way of life. But there is.

No parent should ever have to watch their child die from starvation!

 

THE VISION 

THE TESIFA PROJECT

Crisis Aid’s vision is to bring an end to abject poverty in this region of East Africa. Our objective is to provide opportunities to people who literally have none; giving them a better way of life through a sustainability program known as the Tesifa Project. This is a multifaceted, long-term project designed to create jobs and operate as a comprehensive training program for agriculture and dairy. It will also provide the Tesifa Project with an income stream to offset operational costs.

Through the Tesifa Project, Crisis Aid’s staff in East Africa will work with the people in this region. They will Show them, Teach them, and Walk alongside them as they learn how to work effectively within the fields of both agriculture and dairy. Once this is accomplished, those in the program will be provided with their own starter calves and high-quality starter plants. This will eventually branch out to neighboring villages through a cooperative (co-op) structure.

Now the transformation begins; a new way of life for the people and their families for generations to come.

Dairy Barn

Barn For Dairy Cows

Watch The Answer Come To Life

 

WHERE WE ARE TODAY 

The components of the Tesifa Project are; an existing Feeding Program, a Medical & Stabilization Clinic, a Dairy Operation, and an Agricultural Demonstration Farm. To date:

  • 15 acres of land associated with the feeding program has been purchased.
  •  Water well is being dug: projected to be completed by the end of the year
  • Dairy Barn that will hold 40 dairy cows has been constructed
  • 12 heads of cattle have been purchased
  • Bio-Gas system is now operational
  • Engineering Company has been hired and is looking at the existing land for placement and design of the medical clinic. This will include a 5-year growth plan toward a fully operational pediatric hospital and surgical unit

 

THE GOAL 

By the end of 2018, our goal is to raise all of the necessary funds for construction of the free medical clinic’s first phase. It is vitally important to stabilize the children in this region while the remaining elements are being put into place.  

But we need your help. We are asking that you search your heart, and to be a part of their solution. Please help us build the Medical Clinic these children so desperately need. There is no financial gift too small or too big! Every gift matters.

Every amount above and beyond this goal will go toward the 2019 plan:  

  • Phase 1 of the Medical Clinic completed and operational.
  • Dairy barn with 40 cows.
  • The first phase of the agricultural project started clearing the land and putting healthy coffee trees and rotation crops in.

Producing change for generations to come will not be easy. But it is possible. Working together in unison, we can make it a reality. How exciting it will be when we can give you an update on all of the lives you have changed through the Tesifa Project.

WILL YOU GIVE TODAY?

We thank God for you every day and pray His richest blessings on you.  Never doubt, you have made a tremendous impact on this world by continuing to refuse to do nothing!  

God Bless You
Pat & Sue Bradley
Founders, Crisis Aid International

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Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

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Jengo’s Story – Hope For Tomorrow

September 18 Newsletter

Meet Jengo. This is the beginning of his story, not the end.

The day started off like any other day. We were headed to a local village to check on children that had been part of our feeding program. After driving several miles we got out and started walking down an old dirt road. As we rounded a corner, sitting alone on an empty grain sack, was a very frail little boy — dirty, malnourished, and crippled.

A young man came along and placed the small, frail boy on his knee. We learned that this young man was Jengo, the boy’s 18 year old brother.

Their parents had died and Jengo was raising four younger brothers all by himself. As they gathered around Jengo, we were inspired by his obvious love and resolve to care for his family. While talking with them, we realized that the crippled little boy suffered from a twisted spine and had no access to medical care.

The villagers knew that Jengo could not work and take care of his siblings alone, so they arranged a marriage with a local girl. She soon became pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl. Now, there were seven in this household.

Jengo’s occupation as a day laborer might earn him 500 a day, if he was lucky. How could this teenager care for a family of seven on 500 a day? This family could not survive by living the way their parents did — as day laborers, just scraping by, always hungry, helplessly watching as family members slowly waste away.

Obviously, this was a major crisis.

Together We Are Making A Difference. We are taking Jengo’s crippled brother to a skilled doctor that we believe can greatly improve his condition. Our dream is to see him running and playing with other children in the near future. Jengo is now working for Crisis Aid delivering food to needy villages. At long last, he deservedly has a way to support and take care of his entire family.

Together we can take care of so many more families that are in crisis! We cannot do this work without you — you are crucial to helping the helpless. Please continue to be the answer to their prayers! And thank you for allowing us to do what we do.

Choose to do something today to help others

Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

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Mercy Chapel Graduation

Graduation

Girls, still trafficked in the red light district, are GRADUATING from Crisis Aid’s MERCY CHAPEL Vocational Center with a degree designed to support them for the rest of their lives! These girl’s lives are not only saved but free! Free with a new future, hope, and healing.

We invite you to be a part of their celebration!

 

This video highlights exactly what happens at the graduation. A graduation like none other.

We are committed to seeing each girl thrive.

As a partner of Crisis Aid, thank you for helping us help hundreds of girls in need! Together, we are making a difference.

Background:

127 girls will graduate this November after dedicating a year of their lives toward learning a vocation. We are so very proud of them!

The cost to graduate is $350 per girl. This includes required fees, cost of the event, and seed money for their future.

Funding has been secured for over half of these precious girls, but there are still 60 waiting to be sponsored.

What is Urgently Needed Today:
The cost to graduate is $350 per girl (or an additional $21,000 for the complete graduation).
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Time is running out, you can help make their dreams come true today!

PLEASE GIVE TODAY

Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

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Pat Bradley’s Turning Point

Pat and Francis

You and Me Forever perfectly symbolizes Pat Bradley’s turning point.

“When you’re on a mission. When God puts this thing in your heart, and you really find it, its not work, it’s a privilege…If married people want to know how to be missional – there are about 3,000 verses in the bible that deal with about poverty and injustice, pick one and you’ll be in the middle of God’s will.” – Pat Bradley

In his recent book, You And Me Forever – Marriage In Light of Eternity, Francis Chan and his wife Lisa address the question that many couples wonder at the altar: “How do I have a great marriage?” Setting aside typical topics on marriage, Francis and Lisa dive into Scripture and experience to understand what it means to have a relationship that satisfies the deepest parts of our souls.

Jesus was right. We have it all backward. The way to have a great marriage is to not focus on marriage.

Whether you are single, dating, or married, this book will help you discover the adventure that you were made for ­­and learn how to thrive in it.

You and Me Forever brings to light the remarkable story of the birth of Crisis Aid International. Out of the ashes of Pat and Sue Bradley’s marriage came something special.

Will you help others in whatever way you can today?
Contact us for more info or accept Pat Bradley’s Challenge:

“REFUSE TO DO NOTHING”

Watch this short video – hear Pat and Sue’s journey of adventure and answering God’s challenge to save lives, save souls, and the change futures. Footage from You and Me Forever – Marriage in Light of Eternity Authored by Francis and Lisa Chan.

For More on Francis, Lisa, Pat, and Sue’s experiences – WATCH  “In Light of Eternity” – an original documentary created by RightNow Media

Sonjia’s Story: A rare look into a sex trafficking survivors life

Sonjia's Story

Sonjia’s story is a rare look at the real life of a sex trafficking survivor. This is the harrowing story of her fight to live, find help, health, healing, and restoration through the Crisis Aid U.S. Refuge Home. Together, because some chose to do something – we are making a difference!

As a partner of Crisis Aid, thank you for helping us help Sonjia and so many others held captive by sex trafficking both in East Africa and in the U. S. Together, we are making a difference.

Will you choose today to do something to help others?
Learn More: https://www.crisisaid.org/global-safe/

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Elsa’s Story of Redemption, Hope, and Restoration from Sex Trafficking

Elsa's Story

Elsa’s Story

A story of redemption, hope, restoration, and potential from sex trafficking. She has a changed future because many refused to do nothing.

As a partner of Crisis Aid, thank you for helping us help her and so many others held captive by sex trafficking both in East Africa and in the U. S. Together, we are making a difference.

Choose to do something today to help others
Learn More: https://www.crisisaid.org/global-safe/

Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

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Serve East Africa – Crisis Aid + Francis Chan

Serve East Africa - Crisis Aid + Francis Chan

You too can serve East Africa.

Together, when we bring our gifts, talents, skills, relationships, and income producing ideas we affect, positive, lasting, and generational change.

Excerpt from In Light of Eternity originally produced by RightNow Media with Francis Chan exploring the efforts of Crisis Aid International from feeding programs to anti-sex trafficking efforts and what we can all do to make a difference for people in desperate need.

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