May 28, 2014 5:00 pm

World Vision’s new campaign tackles child exploitation overseas

Brubacher children stand with their sponsored child. Brubacher children stand with their sponsored child.

Karen Ashforth/ World Vision Sponsor

TORONTO-  World Vision Canada’s No Child for Sale  is a month long campaign aimed at fighting child exploitation,  by getting GTA residents  to sponsor children overseas.

More than 85 million children worldwide are victims of child labor. Dave Toycen, President and CEO of World Vision Canada visited Bangladesh in April 2014, a year after the collapse of Rana Plaza.

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“Discovering in the rubble 1100 people were killed…bottom line these are kids who are working because they don’t have a choice,” Toycen said. “Children who are working in very cramped, crowded conditions, with long hours and then lastly, children who are caught up in sexual exploitation.”

In July 2013 Karen and Blair Brubacher took their two boys to Cambodia with World Vision where they sponsored a little girl.

“Because of the number of girls who become victims of the sex trade industry, we wanted to help keep one more girl off the street,” Karen Brubacher said.

Karen’s son Cameron Brubacher now considers her a part of the family.

“She’s become really close  to me. Meeting her has helped me to really put a face to her name,” Cameron Brubacher said.  “Sponsoring her has made me really proud.”

Over 87,000 children around  the world are protected from exploitation by more than 67,000 World Vision sponsors in the GTA.

“No Child for Sale is 100 percent authentic. It’s on the ground, those are real children getting real support.” Karen Brubacher said. “They will have a chance to break the cycle of poverty,” Karen Brubacher said.

 

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