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Safe Haven for Children Rescued from Human Trafficking

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Support and care for children rescued from slavery.

UNICEF defines child trafficking as "the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of children for the purpose of exploitation". Every year, 1.2 million children are trafficked, and over half of these children are African. Trafficked children are used in armed conflict, small-scale mining, hazardous work in agriculture and industry, commercial sexual exploitation and domestic labor.

Often, children that escape trafficking have no place to go and don't speak the native language. They end up as street kids with no money or means of getting home.

CREER-Africa is the only center in The Ivory Coast that provides children who have escaped from slavery with a safe place to eat and sleep. In addition to room and board, children living at CREER have access to counseling, academic instruction and vocational training. CREER provides children with the tools necessary to successfully integrate back into their home community.

You can help. Each $25.00 donation provides shelter, education and food for a child liberated from human trafficking.

Update from the Field
August 2016

In the summer of 2016 a mistreated child was found in a cocoa worker camp. He was only aged 7, and the size of a 3-year-old. He was severely malnourished and left with a plastic bottle of dirty water to drink. Although this child isn't a victim of trafficking, his father, who is from Burkina Faso and works on a cocoa plantation, had badly abused and mistreated his first son. CREER's center spent almost two weeks going to and from the doctor's clinic with a long list of prescription medicine for him to fight infections in his wounds and iron supplements for anemia. A cost that increases each time, the first of several doctor's prescriptions was in the area of US$40. These additional costs on top of the day to day costs to feed and clothe the children, as well as the rent, utility bills and providing a range of education to children who often haven't been to school is a difficult but necessary burden to the budget. The owner of the plantation was very happy to see the change in this boy within a month. He was keen that CREER do more to assist children and is now a great contact to have within the cocoa community. An extra pair of eyes and ears where many trafficked children are working.

CREER is dedicated to providing a safe haven for girls who have been rescued from the sex trade. At CREER, these young women get the resources they need - food, education, counseling and in time - renewed hope.

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