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Karona Kang, 44, started with World Vision as a volunteer. Today, she works with World Vision’s trauma recovery project as a caretaker for girls in Cambodia who have survived horrors like sex slavery, forced labor, physical and emotional abuse, and neglect. She is among 32 staff members who work to help them find healing and wholeness. Here, she tells her story.
This is how girls have called me. It means that I have more responsibility to take care of them. It is not easy to be a mother since I am a woman who has no biological child. I have to listen to them carefully and help them to solve issues.
Thanks be to God, who teaches me to love others, especially children. I have learned about their issues, and my heart is broken when I listen to their stories. I am in their situation when they are happy, angry, and joyful.
My time with World Vision is an opportunity to know them as survivors from human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and abuse. I am very delighted to be part of their lives and contribute to change the world.
I am happy to see the girls smile, having jobs, and being back with their family with happiness. It is not an accident, but it is God’s plan for my life to have many children.
But it is not easy to make them happy and bring them back to a normal life after they are traumatized by tragic experiences. It takes time and help from other staff to bring them back to health and restore their hope.
More importantly, I need help from God. Thanks to Him, I got healing, and many girls have, too.
Matthew 13:1-9 always encourages me to work harder. I have tried my best to give good soil for the seeds, and I hope they absorb it as much as they can. A fruitful life for the girls is my goal.
Child sexual exploitation in Cambodian is a major concern for me and for all. We must work together to prevent it. Thank you, God, for giving me opportunity to serve these children.
Since 1997, the project has since served nearly 1,000 children and young women, ages from 9 to 17 years, who have been successfully reintegrated back to their families and communities or placed in long-term foster or small group homes.
The project provides trauma recovery and healing services to girls who have survived trafficking and abuse. These girls are given the opportunity to attend non-formal education and vocational training sessions to help them with income-generating activities once they are reintegrated back to their communities.
Read a story about a Cambodian girl who escaped sexual slavery and experienced healing at World Vision’s trauma recovery center.