How does your gift help
Our activities are directed to the rescue of children from forced prostitution and sex slavery, and their rehabilitation and education so they can grow into successful young adults in control of their futures.
The Sunlight Foundation provides funds for specific activities which directly benefit an identifiable child, or group of children. Every dollar raised is only spent if it can be measured against clear indicators of success. So, whether your donation is large or small, you will see the result of how every single dollar of your support is spent.
Sadly, we all know that isn’t true yet. The loathsome crime of child-trafficking is rising, especially in Asia, where girls and boys, often no more than six or seven years old are sold as trophies to sex-tourists and other paedophiles, then passed on to suffer more obscene violence in the brutal sex slums of Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.
Saving the children
The Sunlight Foundation will play an important part in saving these children from harm. But rescue alone is not enough – we want to give these children the chance to change their own world for good and go further than they dreamed possible, despite their circumstances.
It happened ten years ago, but I still cannot forget it. I remember everything they did and relive the images, sounds and the smells of it in my mind. I lived in hopelessness, fear, and darkness for many years afterwards. Even today, my health is bad.
I was 11 years old then. My mum had woken up early that morning with the chickens crowing. Dad drank too much and was sleeping. When he was drunk, he would hit us, but I didn’t hate him. I just pitied my mum because she worked hard every day. She was tired, not just her body, but her mind too. Sometimes I cried silently in my room when they fought each other.
I loved school and was the highest-ranking student in class, number one. The school had organised a ceremony to give gifts to the top five students, and they invited the students’ families to the celebration. My teacher asked about my family, she wanted to meet them. I replied to her with a trembling voice, trying not to cry: “sorry, they are busy, so they cannot come.” Other parents came to encourage their children, but my parents didn’t have time for me.
About the founders
Lily Yang has lived a life few could imagine.She spent her early years exiled with her parents in a remote village on the Russian border, victims of purges during the Cultural Revolution. Here, her own childhood was stolen from her. She has never forgotten.
Today, Lily is a published author and her social commentaries are a voice challenging the relationship between powerful people and sexual exploitation as well as the unhealthy stereotypes of sex work, which enable the child sex trade to flourish. Her third book, “Blue Lotus” is a novel based on the true story of “Seyla”, a young girl kidnapped and sold into the sex trade in Cambodia (to be published in 2020).
Robert Barclay is a twice-decorated veteran who saw first-hand how children’s lives were destroyed, their bodies exploited, and their hopes lost while serving on the battlefields of Cambodia and Vietnam as a member of the Navy’s elite Clearance Diving Team 3.
He believes this charity is keeping their promise to traumatised children, because the tragedy of stolen childhood continues today. They and their charity Board want others to help them achieve their vision of a world in which every child can play, learn and be kept safe from harm.
“Children are the living postcards from the past we send to a future we will never see”