The Justice Initiative
Introducing The Justice Initiative.
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Psalms 82:3
The Justice Initiative is to invoke acts of justice in areas of exploitation and affliction. We want to bring an awareness of the great needs that impact our next generation in the nations while establishing a groundswell of children intercessors and facilitating acts of justice in preparation for a great revival.
In this newsletter, we want to highlight one of the most heinous injustice that is being perpetuated against young innocent girls.
In the name of religion, thousands of girls as young as 4 years of age are given in matrimony to a goddess. These children are to become "Devadasi" literally meaning female servant of God. Upon attaining puberty, they would "serve" the priests, landlords and others in power. The sexual satisfaction given to these men is considered service to God. they cannot marry and are dedicated to the service of the temple.
The child is literally auctioned to the highest bidder who will provide financially for the family for a given period of time. This is repeated numerous times as different men take turns.
Most of these girls are born into poor and illiterate families and are given to the goddess because of the parent's inability to support the girls and provide the required dowry for marriage. Customarily a son is desired as he would fend and provide for the aging parents. These girls instead become a source of income for the parents and suffer the consequences of this heinous tradition.
About 40% of these girls come from a long lineage of Devadasis and are entrapped in this institutionalized sexual exploitation. By the time they are 25 years of age, they are no longer desirable and are forced to fend for themselves by turning to prostitution in brothels or take to begging. This is necessitated by the fact that they have birthed children and need to provide for them as well. These children are fatherless.
Despite a law banning the practice in India, it is estimated that there are about 450,000 Devadasis in India and account for approximately 15% of all sex workers in India. These girls are sucked into an ugly vortex of sexual exploitation and a great many end with sexually transmitted diseases.
Acts of Justice
Rescue efforts are underway to protect and provide for these girls. Outreach efforts have materialized with many of these children attending tuition classes and being provided an education for the first time. Education is critical to eradicating this heinous tradition of sexual exploitation and empowering these girls to a better future.
An orphanage is urgently needed to protect and provide for these children. It would cost about US$20,00 to build and we are anticipating at least 50 children being housed here. There will be an ongoing need to staff, educate and provide for these children. It is our hope to raise US$50,000 to fund and equip this Justice Initiative for these children at risk of temple prostitution.
As we near the end of the year and prepare for Christmas, would you prayerfully consider being a part of this rescue plan and contribute towards their future.