In the Philippines, 40% of the population lives in poverty, with over 5 million families not having enough food for one complete meal a day. Over 6 million children are living in the streets, 2.8 million are illiterate, 7 out of 10 pregnant women are minors. An estimated 60,000 to 100,000 children are trafficked, abused and sold into sexual slavery.
EVERY year, an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 children are trafficked, abused and sold into sexual slavery.
The C.U.R.E. Foundation, a ministry arm of Maranatha Christian Fellowship which was established in 1990, aims to bring social transformation in the Philippines by providing training programs and initiatives that restore human dignity, elevate family life, and promote access to proper health, nutrition and quality education. CURE is located in Cebu City, Philippines, a haven for the child sex industry and runs a child discipleship program that buses 750 to 800 kids from 6 slums to their center on Saturdays to be fed, bathed, medically treated, and taught the Word of God. CURE opened Rancho Ni Cristi (Ranch of Christ) in December 2015. It is a multi-building safe house shelter for at least 100 women and little girls rescued from the sex trafficking industry.