In 2017 Christine Caine and husband Nick received the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice for their charity A21.
The seed from which A21 sprang was planted in 2007 when Christine was in an airport in Greece. There were many posters publicising missing women. They were victims of human trafficking.
This was a real eye opener to her. She never imaged that there was an issue with slavery still around in the modern world. In fact estimates of slave numbers today range from about 10 million to 30 million.
Though many of us get confronted with facts that shock us, and lead us to conversations with friends and family, and we feel despairing that things like this can happen, for Christine Caine it was the catalyst to take action.
With no experience she and her husband founded the A21 Campaign in 2008, to focus on human trafficking in SW Europe. They come to the aid of girls that are taken and sold into brothels. It’s modern-day slavery.
The victims she meets have had to endure some incredibly distressing situations. Transported in cramped shipping containers, where many died, repeatedly raped, and many victims tossed overboard and left to drown to avoid the perpetrators being discovered.
A21 has shelters and transition houses in multiple countries. It helps victims with medical and psychological care, legal assistance, and vocational and life-skills training so they can restart their life afresh with new options.
“I really believe there is a life beyond everyone’s past, and there is a hope and a future. And if you commit to the process of restoration, you can overcome the obstacles and hurdles and the pain and the suffering and be made whole,” said Christine.
“Often, I think, because we think, ‘I can’t do it all,’ we end up being paralyzed. So we do nothing,” she said. “But if we understand we can’t do everything but we all must do something, and we all find the one thing that we can do, then we’ll find that together we will all make such a huge difference and we’ll be able to put a stop to this.”
I find Christine Caine truly inspirational. She saw a need and took action. I know how easy it is to feel helpless when confronted with a situation that seems insurmountable but I love the way she tackles it one victim at a time, and with her faith making her strong. She dreamed big, and took action!
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