24 Hour Race is a platform to inspire young people to take the lead in confronting modern day slavery. Students take on the responsibility to raise funds and advocate for the organisations they’ve championed. Every dollar donated will multiply the resources mobilised to erode modern slavery in countries and communities across the globe.
On one hand, this allows us to invest in the infrastructure - technology, sponsorships, personnel - to scale the 24 Hour Race sustainably and responsibly. On the other, we work with our beneficiary partners to address slavery at the grassroots level.
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Chab Dai is Cambodia-based charity established over 10 years ago has been working to prevent human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Southeast Asia through a multitude of projects. Primarily, Chab Dai focuses on running prevention programmes and has successfully affected over 80,000 vulnerable members of small communities. the 24 Hour Race will be supporting them through their 2016 Coalition Project, a platform by which Chab Dai attempts to form communication and connections between all key stakeholders of the human trafficking issue in Cambodia, ensuring a network of communication is established and communication efficiency is increased. Not only that, but they will also be focusing on raising the level and professionalism with which NGO work is done in Cambodia, instilling a high standard of work amongst Cambodian NGOs
24 Hour Race is helping to fund a ground-breaking three-part research project that will - for the first time ever - establish the scale of human trafficking, forced labour and other forms of exploitation in this city among three vulnerable migrant groups: foreign domestic workers, sex workers and people seeking asylum. The report will provide much-needed concrete evidence that NGOs can use to understand the prevalence and patterns of the problems, and urge the government to take constructive steps to address these concerns and protect victims' human rights. Justice Centre is advocating for the Hong Kong Government to create laws and policies to combat human trafficking and forced labour in this city. This project will be completed by March 2017 and is funded by several donors, including the 24 Hour Race, the Macquarie Group Foundation and an anonymous foundation.
This year, we are proud to say that we have selected Agape International Missions (AIM) as one of our international beneficiaries this year for the 24 Hour Race in Singapore. In 2005, Pastor Don and Bridget Brewster founded AIM on Cambodian soil when they discovered the horrible truth about the human trafficking of children in Cambodia. They quit their jobs, and moved to Cambodia with a team to establish the AIM Restoration Home in 2006, and since then have expanded immensely.
We are thrilled to announce our continued partnership with Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation as one of Singapore’s chosen beneficiaries for the race. This Australian charity in Vietnam began in 2003, with two friends giving English lessons to street kids. Since then, Blue Dragon has expanded into an organization of 67 loyal staff, helping to support over 1,500 children throughout Vietnam every year.
H.O.M.E, founded in 2004, is a registered charity and society that works closely with the Ministry of Manpower, Immigration authorities, and the various foreign embassies to ensure the wellbeing of workers. ‘To build a culture of welcome where no man, woman or child is a stranger; we are family’, their vision clearly states that their goal is to create an inclusive society which upholds the principles of equality and non-discrimination
“Circus Kathmandu presents a distinct fusion of circus, theatre, dance and cutting edge art forms to create an exciting form of entertainment. The original, beautiful and spectacular works presents some of Nepal’s greatest talent both domestically and internationally.”
Circus Kathmandu contributes to the fight on human slavery through a particularly unique and creative outlet. Actively, they empower survivors of human trafficking by recruiting them onto their circus performing team where they have access to a more stable future and rehabilitation. On the preventative side, they offer performances and skills workshops to local, at-risk areas in Nepal that reduce the population vulnerable to the vicious cycle of human slavery.
SUKA Society is a small but growing organization, one that has already inspired our student network in Kuala Lumpur through its educational and awareness programming. This year 24 Hour Race will support the operations of SUKA’s transitional shelter for victims of trafficking to Malaysia, a destination country for domestic workers, bonded labor, and the sex trade. SUKA’s shelter is designated primarily for children, so often exploited in these circumstances. This is a key resource in the government’s effort to address the human trafficking situation. SUKA’s programming at the shelters place an emphasis on vocational skill-set development, so that victims not only have a productive pipeline back into society, but are able to generate income while in the transitory shelter.