This is our favorite time of year to give thanks, celebrate victories, and hope for great things to come.
With your support, AIM continues to Rescue, Restore and Reintegrate those who are trafficked, and Prevent trafficking from happening in Cambodia and the World.
Join with us in the celebration of the season!
Read stories from our Best of 2014, give the Gift of Freedom this Christmas and get a special gift from Cambodia, multiply your impact with your tax-deductible donations, and see what’s next for AIM in 2015!
Don & Bridget Brewster
- English Classes to Save Lives
- The CNN Freedom Project Debut
- Stories of Redemption
- The Arrival of the Investigation Team
- Major Arrests for Minors’ Redemption
- New Land Bringing New Learning
- Women Rescued from Job Ploy in China
- Asia’s Top Cage Fighters Visit Phnom Penh
- A Heart for Sek Ron
- Retail Store: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.
- Emergency Foster Care
- Exodus Cry Pours over Svay Pak in Prayer
Make a donation at one of these levels by December 15 and receive an ornament as our gift to you, handmade by a rescued young woman!
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Join AIM in the fight to end sex trafficking and commit to freedom with your end-of-year giving!
[item]Be a monthly giver and help sustain our projects.[/item]
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[item]Postmark end-of-year tax-deductible donations by 12/31/14 or give online before midnight.[/item]
In 2015, AIM will give protection and opportunities to 1,500 children in Svay Pak by opening the best school in Cambodia. We also plan to rescue 200+ people from trafficking and begin to explore new opportunities to end the selling of brides in China. And we’re always prayerfully considering the other aspects of human trafficking in which God would have us engage. Please join us in our prayers!
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English Classes to Save Lives
Bella, one of our rescued girls – a survivor – started her own outreach to girls in the KTVs (bar-brothels) of Siem Reap last October after graduating from Bible school. She offers English classes, providing an opportunity to love, invest in and show each girl that she is valuable. Jesus redeemed Bella’s life and His power is working through her to redeem and transform others.
The CNN Freedom Project Debut
In December 2013, The CNN Freedom Project debuted their new documentary, “Every Day in Cambodia.” In this film, our own Don Brewster shows Academy award-winning actress Mira Sorvino and CNN International the truth of the child sex trade in Svay Pak with stories of tragedy and triumph. Since it’s debut, “Every Day in Cambodia” has been shown in countries around the world numerous times throughout the year. And because of its reach, we now have donors from 41 countries and 49 states in the United States!
Stories of Redemption
[item]In January, our Siem Reap team celebrated one woman’s decision to leave a life of exploitation after two years of reaching out to her.[/item][item]Toah, a survivor, one of our rescued girls, asked to testify against the man who trafficked her for 22 days, causing her to be raped 198 times. This kind of bravery is costly and rare. Toah stood and strongly testified in the courtroom. As a result, the man was convicted, sent to prison and ordered to pay her. It was a huge win, not just for Toah, but for all girls who need a voice to cry out for justice.[/item]
[item]In March, we celebrated the marriage of AIM staff Ratanak and Dari on their marriage. Together they serve the children of Svay Pak, making a huge generational impact.[/item]
[item]In the Spring, 20 people said “Yes” to Jesus at our AIM Employment Center! The light in Svay Pak is growing while the darkness continues to fade.[/item]
The Arrival of the Investigation Team
Earlier this year, Don Brewster signed an understanding with the Cambodian government to start up AIM undercover investigations in tandem with the police. Together, this new team gathers evidence to put away traffickers, pimps and johns. Check out the difference they’ve made in just 7 months!
[item]112 – The total number of cases for the year.[/item]
[item]127 – The number of children, women and men who have been rescued or assisted to escape from trafficking situations, domestic violence situations and/or find justice for crimes, such as rape, that have been committed against them.[/item]
[item]45 – The number of arrests made this year, 43 of whom are currently still in prison with the other 2 released on bail.[/item]
[item]3 – The number of trials this year, with one verdict given – guilty. The other 2 verdicts are yet to be announced.[/item]
[item]50 – The number of legal cases running at courts throughout the country.[/item]
Major Arrests for Minors’ Redemption
[item]The AIM Investigation Team rescued a 4-year-old victim of sexual exploitation. She was placed in our Restoration Home, and the man was sent to jail and trial.[/item]
[item]A 19-year-old woman was arrested in connection with numerous cases of child sex trafficking in the Svay Pak area of Phnom Penh. These cases include Toah and her story. The woman had escaped justice since late summer 2012 but was tracked down by the AIM Investigation Team and, together with Anti-Human Trafficking Police, arrested at a massage parlor. She confessed to her crimes, appeared in court and was sent to jail to await sentencing.[/item]
[testimonial author=”Don Brewster”]One girl is too many. One day is too long.[/testimonial]
New Land Bringing New Learning
Earlier this year, AIM was able to purchase a plot of land in Svay Pak adjacent to Rahab’s Community Center. The AIM Academy school expansion project is underway! The design is currently being finalized and fundraising has already begun. And, we have quite the waiting list and believe the new project will be a tremendous gift to the community. The question is, how soon? Our goal is to open the best school in Cambodia in 2015 with an expected reach of 1,500 children and even more family members!
Women Rescued from Job Ploy in China
AIM received an urgent phone call earlier this year. 7 young Cambodian women had been trafficked to China and sold as brides. They were rescued and the paperwork was in for them to travel home the next day… But where would they go? Four of our AIM staff met them late at night at the airport. They gave them care packages with phones and supplies, and they offered them a place to live at our transitional home and new jobs at the AIM Employment Center. But most of all, the staff was there to say to these exploited and frightened women, “We are so glad you are safe. We have a place for you. Welcome home.”
We’re currently caring for 6 of the young women who have successfully been repatriated back to Cambodia. One young woman was reintegrated back to her family and aspires to finish high school and become a doctor. Before she left, she shared that Jesus is in her heart and that she now has a new hope. Praise God!
Asia’s Top Cage Fighters Visit Phnom Penh
Over the summer season, some of Asia’s top mixed martial art stars along with One Fighting Championship (ONE FC) trained about 150 rescued young women and AIM staff members. They shared some skills and techniques for defending themselves out in the real world. The goal wasn’t necessarily to teach mixed martial arts skills, but more to share that women and girls have an ability to protect themselves.
“Most of all, I want [the Agape students] to leave here knowing that they are strong and that they can make a change for themselves, chase their dreams and fight for themselves, that’s what I want—its not just martial arts,” said Ms. Osman, a businesswoman who also took up mixed marital arts.
A Heart for Sek Ron
Heart surgeries aren’t technically AIM’s mission, but just as Jesus never turned anyone away on a technicality, neither could we.
And so we set out to help little Sek Ron.
We scheduled an expensive surgery in Thailand, and God provided the $84,000 needed to cover his surgery and most of his recovery just hours before the surgery was scheduled to occur! After some complications and a longer than anticipated stay in CCU and ICU, Sek Ron was finally discharged, and after a week of follow-up visits, he returned home in late October.
To top it all off, Sek Ron celebrated his 2nd birthday on November 12. What an amazing gift of life!
We again want to thank so many of you for hearing the need and meeting it with above-and-beyond donations and prayer.
Retail Store: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.
AIM’s very first retail store is up and running in Phnom Penh, Cambodia! It’s part of AIM’s Reintegration efforts as it sells products made at AIM Employment Center (AEC). The more products we sell, the more women we employ!
Our products are also unique; each item handcrafted by survivors of sex trafficking. Each and every purchase, whether a purse, a piece of jewelry, or an article of clothing, provides sustainability in jobs and the continued opportunity for life transformation for these young women. Join us in praying for this exciting new endeavor!
Emergency Foster Care
Several children in the community of Svay Pak find themselves abandoned when family is in crisis. Out of a response to this need, earlier this year, we opened our Emergency Foster Care Program. Through it, our certified foster care center gives these children a safe home. We’re already giving 27 kids a safe place to stay at night!
Exodus Cry Pours over Svay Pak in Prayer
Earlier this year, Exodus Cry expressed an interest in spending a month of focused prayer on Svay Pak. We were honored to have the opportunity for such a committed group of people to pray over the daily happenings there. Last month, October, they did just that. Some areas of focused prayer included:
[item]Prayer for value to be seen in Cambodian women and girls, and for the restoration of dignity for this population.[/item]
[item]Prayer that law enforcement will be able to bypass corruption and bust trafficking rings.[/item]
[item]Prayer that AIM’s Investigation Team will be able to effectively manage their growing case load and receive the necessary resources. [/item]
[item]Prayer also for the success of AIM’s employment initiatives.[/item]