Beneficiaries: Teenage mothers, rape victims, vulnerable girls.
Around 40% of girls in Cameroon, aged 9-20, are victims of sexual exploitation. Many fall pregnant at around 15. They drop out of school, are ostracised by their families and communities, and are vulnerable to physical violence and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. Many go on to have several children before the age of 30, bringing them up alone. Ill-equipped to protect their children from the same fate, many of them watch their daughters fall into the same destructive cycle.
What we’re doing about it
The Bible Society of Cameroon, through Project Esther, is helping to break this cycle, using the Bible as a tool. Trauma healing, counselling, Bible studies, training in income generation and other activities are offered to girls and young women who have experienced sexual abuse. The project also delivers training in schools and other places to help make very young girls aware of the dangers and how to avoid them, and how to build their lives on biblical values.
The African Counselling Centre, Femme en Action, Lutheran Hour Ministries, the Good Samaritan Program, churches, women’s and girls’ associations, and others.
The difference it’s making
Many of the project workers are former beneficiaries who have rebuilt their lives and are helping others do the same. Hundreds of victims of sexual abuse are helped each year, and thousands of young girls are given life-saving information and guidance to help them avoid becoming victims. Many project beneficiaries go on to complete their education, find work and become active church members.
How you can help
Please pray for this project. Give thanks for the difference Project Esther is already making in the lives of thousands of girls and ask God to continue to bless this work. Pray for the girls in Cameroon and around the world who suffer abuse. Ask God to comfort them and help them to find a way out so that they can rebuild their lives.