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against sex trafficking, one of the major issues facing the world today. On Sept.11, the Praise and Worship Ministry of CCFOC, under the leadership of Sis. Mila Lobarbio, will hold the Alita Concert (Agape Love is the Answer) as part of the effort to raise the needed funds to con- struct a building in the Philippines that “will allow the improved care of sex trafficked victims and expand the reach to more children and teens.”
The concert, which will start at 6:30 p.m., will be held at the Calvary Community Church at 1465 W.
Orangethorpe Ave. 92833. The event is free to the public and donations will be accepted.
Spearheading the building programs is the nonprofit organization My Refuge House, which last year was also instru- mental in sending an all-women missionary team from California to assist the victims of this global malady in the province of Cebu.
The project is no small undertaking and will require at least $350,000 to complete. While the proponents say the future home is still a vision and a hope, machin- eries have already been put into motion to make this a reality. They estimate that the project will be operational by February of 2011.
My Refuge House (MRH) is a ministry “established to provide a safe home to young women and children who have been rescued from sex trafficking” and dedicates itself to alleviating the abuse and trauma sustained by them. The effort is interna- tional in scope and enlists communities to support this crusade on human rights. Child sex slavery and child sex traf- ficking is a major issue in the world today. Millions have been victimized by sex traffickers in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Efforts exerted by governments to eradicate this social ill have been so far unsuccessful for various reasons, among them the lack of sincerity in pursuing them and the overwhelming nature of the problem itself. In Asia, countless girls and even boys as young as five years old have been vic- timized by sex traders. Sex slavery takes many forms but crimes involving children is the “most appalling and accounts for more than 27 million victims” according to an estimate by an international magazine. The figure is more than the number of
slaves in Africa during the 400 years of the transatlantic slave trade.
Corrupt governments turn a blind eye about the existence of the problem. Victims tell of similar stories on how they ended up being sex slaves and their experiences center mainly on the issues of poverty, ignorance and sheer government neglect and apathy.
While the problem of sex slavery ap-
pears insurmountable, there are still people on this side of the globe who are blessed with life’s comfort and abundance of eco- nomic opportunities and who share their willingness to take up the cudgels and contribute in their own ways to address this problem of human rights violations. My Refuge House is currently accepting donations that will go directly to the new aftercare facility in the Philippines. Those who wish to make a donation can write a check to “My Refuge House” and send it to: My Refuge House, P.O. Box 4864, Diamond Bar, CA 91765-0864 USA For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
. For info on the ALITA Concert, please call CCFOC at (714) 525-9206. 10,000 rubber ducks in 17th
Annual Mighty Rubber Ducky Derby to help in the effort of Children’s Bureau, a nonprofit organization, to help abused children in Orange County. Each duck will have a sponsor, who will pay for $10 apiece to enter the race.
Mighty Rubber Ducky Derby Irvine – 10,000 rubber ducks with sunglasses will race to the finish at the 17th
MARY ELLEN IS 18: Mary Ellen Havana of Orange City is fl anked by well-wishers on her 18th birthday party at the Los Coyotes County Club in Buena Park hosted by her parents, Rey and Susan Havana (second from right). The debutante is an active member of her local church and a recent high school graduate of El Modena High School where she excelled in athletics.
The “Race day for Adopt-A-Duck, Save-a-Child” event will be held on Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wild Riv- ers Waterpark in this City with the lucky duck reaching the finish line first winning a cool $1 million.
Each duck adoption also includes ad- mission to the Wild Rivers Waterpark on the day of the event, use of all the rides, and the chance to win a variety of prizes. There are 3,000 children estimated to being abused every day in the U.S. with four of the victims meeting untimely death. The Children’s Bureau was founded over 100 years ago “on the premise that no child should suffer at the hands of a loved one.” The group’s mission is to protect children, strengthen families and help to build caring communities.
The Orange County Division was found- ed in 1991 to help families at or the below poverty level, who have children aged new- born through five. The group has 11 family resource centers across Orange County and extends help to over 20,000 children and families in southern California annually. ■
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Kasangga sa Husgado. Mapagkakatiwalaan Mo! CCFOC joins fi ght vs. sex traffi cking; Sponsors’ concert Sept. 11 COMMUNITY
ullerton – The Cornerstone Christian Fellow- ship of Orange County (CCFOC) has joined the concerted international effort to wage a battle
BY RAY ANDRES
CCFOC PRAISE AND WORSHIP TEAM: The Praise and Worship Team of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship of Orange County will host ALITA Concert (Agape Love is the Answer) on Sept. 11 at the Calvary Community Church at 1465 W. Orangethorpe in the City of Fullerton at 6:30 p.m. (From L-R) Rommel Alora, Ralen Morales, Paolo Mosca, Marvin Mosca (behind), Mila Lobarbio, Praise and Worship Coordinator-CCFOC), Orange Andres and Fred Lim.
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