April 25, 2011 - 12 comments

Critical Success Factors: Education

Human traffickers prey on those who are most vulnerable in our society.  Education and awareness training are keys to protecting communities and individuals from human trafficking

Greg – ZOE Director of Child Rescue


After rescuing a child from slavery, a significant challenge is equipping that child with not only a quality education but knowledge that will protect them.  One of many consequences of child exploitation and trafficking is that rescued children have had little or no formal schooling.  At ZOE, whether these rescued children are sheltered temporarily or long term (depending on what is best for the child), we are committed to ensure that these children are better educated and informed about human trafficking.

Further, part of ZOE’s holistic strategy in combating human trafficking is not only to rescue children, but also to work with families and communities to increase their resilience to the ploys of trafficking agents.

Here are some examples ZOE’s critical success factors:

  • ZOE Human Trafficking Awareness Program
  • Prevention and Intervention Hotline
  • Community Watch
  • Child Sexual Abuse Training
  • Vocational and Language School Training
  • Economic Alternatives:  Business Training
  • Relief and Aid (Food and Medical Programs)


May 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Confucius said “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.”

Jessica Dodd
May 11, 2011 at 8:54 am

Andrea Cross and I taught the Beginners English Class to ages 7-14. At first, we thought that it would be a challenge to teach such a wide span of ages, but it turned out to be so much fun. Even now, weeks later, the students from our class come up to me and practice the dialogue that we taught them at Camp. The more they practice the more confident they are getting with their English.

May 12, 2011 at 6:47 am

Yes, it was such a fun week and the children were really enthusiastic to keep trying out their new vocabulary on us. Can’t wait to do it again in future.

Lynne Ginoza
May 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm

It’s amazing how much English our children know! And I am excited for them because of the future opportunities that will open up for them because of this. Go ZOE kids!!!

May 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Hi guys! Love the new blog!

Darlene Hopkins
May 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Sir Francis Bacon is attributed with saying, “Knowledge is power.” As Zoe sees that the children are taught, they will grow from innocent, naive babes to powerful creatures in Christ Jesus. What a joy to know that progress is made regularly. Perhaps the street runs both ways, the children learn English and the teachers learn Thai dialects.

    David Cross
    May 24, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Thanks Darlene. Yes it is a joy to see them learning a new language. As someone who is studying to speak Thai, I can also appreciate how difficult it can be to grasp a new language.

Vickie McCoy
May 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm

One of the things I love to do is bless others with something special. Whether that be a material gift or an act of kindness. Sometimes those gifts will only last for a moment, like a gift card to a restuarant, or shopping. Material items have an ending point for the most part. Even technology equipment they say should be changed every 2-4 years. Giving the gift of speaking another language and education as a whole, now that is a gift that will last a life time. Giving a gift of a Future and a Hope! Way to go team Zoe, and Way to go Zoe Kids!

May 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm

May ZOE help to raise up a group of new young leaders who will change Thailand in great ways. I believe that one of the great lessons taught to the children at ZOE is the tremendous love of CHRIST that brings healing even in the worst circumstances.

May 21, 2011 at 4:28 am

It’s so inspiring watching the children learn. In a area that sometimes feels so hopeless, the Zoe team are bringing hope. Thanks for sharing in this blog. It’s an important reminder to me to keep the Zoe team and kids in my prayers always.

Julie Sandeen
May 24, 2011 at 11:15 am

Great short video, not too time consuming, but informative. Thanks for doing these David. I know you don’t know me, but I have been to Thailand 2 x and am a local Children’s Pastor in Santa Clarita, CA. Thanks for doing all of this work and being there to make a difference.

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