Our entire mission as a company is to impact the most vulnerable people in the world. We do that not only by partnering with ethical suppliers and farmers, but also by donating 25% of our profits to organizations that share that mission. Our giving partner over the past few months has been Just1 International, an organization committed to empowering at-risk and exploited youth around the world. We love their heart and their mission, so we asked their founder, and our friend Caitlin Crane, to share some stories about how Just1 takes on the cause of impacting the vulnerable as well as share how your purchase of coffee is changing lives around the world:
But that wasn’t the end of her story.
Kendra was three years old when she was rescued. At the time, she and her two sisters were living with their grandmother who planned to prostitute them out when they turned 11, just like she had done with their mother. By the time Kendra’s mother was 17 years old, she had three children and died of AIDS. The home they lived in was very dirty and would make your eyes burn from the stench of rotten fruit, vegetables and filth. Kendra’s only food was the rotten fruit and vegetables or what she could find in the garbage on the streets.
When Kendra was rescued, she was very malnourished and had scabies, open sores and worms. Due to the abuse she had experienced, she also struggled with anger, mental and emotional issues. After Kendra’s mother died, a family member came and took her to a village where she was abused, neglected, used in their tribal witchcraft ceremonies and then left to die.
Today Kendra is a very kind and loving girl. Living in a safe environment where she is loved and cared for has enabled her to heal physically, mentally and emotionally. She laughs and has a beautiful smile. She loves riding bikes, playing games and if someone gets hurt, she is the first to help and treat their wounds. When she grows up, she wants to travel and become a pediatrician.
Kendra was rescued from a life of abuse and very likely, death. Because of you, she is not only alive, she is living a good life in a loving home and going to one of the top-ranking private schools in Kenya.
Mission of Just1
Kendra is just one of the 20 girls we care for in our Safe House in Kenya. We provide for their physical, educational, holistic and spiritual needs. Our long-term goal is to empower them to live a life of wholeness, stability and independence once they leave our care.
In addition to caring for rescued children in Kenya, we also work here in the United States to educate youth on how to protect themselves from predators and equip adults to combat child exploitation through our online resources and interactive live presentations. Statistics estimate that over 100,000 minors are trapped in the U.S. sex industry and 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday. In order to start breaking the cycle of child exploitation, we have to begin preventing it from happening. That is why prevention education is essential in the fight to protect children.
Over 10 million children are being sexually exploited around the world today. Our heartbeat is this: just one is worth fighting for. We are so grateful to be partnered with Quartet, a business on a mission to make a difference in the world. When you purchase coffee from Quartet, you are helping bring freedom and tangible hope to at-risk and rescued children.
In the U.S., we have educated over 1,000 at-risk minors and adults since 2019 and your support will enable us to reach our goal of educating at least 1,000 more in 2021.
In Kenya, your support will provide rescued children with:
- Housing, food and clothing
- Medical and dental care
- Trauma therapy
- Private school education for children
- College or vocational school for young women
- Special outings for recreation
Together, we will continue fighting for each child to have the chance to live freely and without fear of exploitation. Thank you to the Quartet community for linking arms with us. You are impacting the lives of children around the world.
You can learn more about our work and join our team of Freedom Fighters at just1.org.
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