Pleasant Grove, UT, Feb 1, 2013 – A mission to rescue two girls from captivity-forced labor in Monrovia, Liberia has been successful. The two young girls, Zoe and Baby, were located, rescued, and returned to their father earlier today. Sahbu’s Mitch Weight sent a text message to Sahbu headquarters this morning saying, “We rescued Baby and Zoe! It was great! They are thrilled. Their Dad bawled like a baby.” Mr. Weight and his colleagues arrived in Liberia on Thursday afternoon and made it through immigration at 2:07 PM Eastern Time. Weight sent the following text: “We arrived and we are all set for the rescue mission tomorrow!” Plans for the rescue had been set; pursuit and action followed. Details of the mission are still being received, but the two young girls are finally safe at home with their family. Slavery is highly illegal in Liberia and its neighboring countries. Although the Liberian government prosecutes perpetrators of slavery, this heinous crime still occurs. Forced labor, like the slavery Baby and Zoe were exposed to, is a common and unfortunate crime in Liberia. Sahbu is committed to rescuing, educating and providing relief for Liberian children in need. The nonprofit offers help to these children through funds and materials received via donation. Recently Sahbu held online auctions selling donations from eyelashes sets, Adobe software, and headbands to raise the money needed for this rescue. A number of generous donors contacted Sahbu directly and provided funds specifically for this rescue mission. Today’s successful rescue mission is only one of many to come in the future for Sahbu.
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah, Sahbu, requests to clarify the release previously distributed on Wednesday, January 23, regarding its first-ever rescue mission to release two children from captivity-forced labor in Monrovia, Liberia, next week. For clarification purposes, Sahbu wishes to state that Liberia is a free country and does not allow or condone slavery. Mitch Weight, founder of Sahbu, will travel with colleagues to Liberia on January 30 with the resources necessary to have Zoe (age 6) and her sister Baby (age 5) released from an enslaved life of hard labor. Strategy and tact are in the honing stage, as this much anticipated mission is only a week away. Mr. Weight learned of these two young girls on a trip to Liberia last October. He met many children, including Zoe and Baby that are illegally enslaved, and is determined to rescue them. Since that trip, he has been working with social services in Liberia, developing a plan to return these girls to their family and to provide them with scholarships for school – hoping also to establish a process to rescue additional enslaved children. Slavery is highly illegal in Liberia and its neighboring countries, and perpetrators of slavery are prosecuted by the Liberian government. Liberian officials are proactively working to eliminate child labor in all of its forms. Sahbu hopes to work closely with the Liberian government to help free children like Zoe and Baby, so the criminals that are involved can be prosecuted and the children can be freed. The most common individuals found enslaved are children under the age of 18 who make up 40 to 50 percent of all forced labor victims in Africa. Human trafficking and slavery is the second most committed criminal offense in the world […]
Sahbu will attempt its first-ever rescue mission to release two young girls from captivity-forced labor in Monrovia, Liberia, at the end of the month. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRLog (Press Release) – Jan. 23, 2013 – PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — Sahbu, will attempt its first-ever rescue mission to release two children from captivity-forced labor in Monrovia, Liberia, at the end of the month. Mitch Weight, founder of Sahbu, will travel with colleagues to Liberia on January 30 with the resources necessary to have Zoe (age 6) and her sister Baby (age 5) released from an enslaved life of hard labor. Strategy and tact are in the honing stage, as this much anticipated mission is only a week away. Mr. Weight learned of these two young girls on a trip to Liberia last October. He met many children, including Zoe and Baby that are currently enslaved, and is determined to rescue them. Since that trip, he has been working with social services in Liberia, developing a plan to return these girls to their family and to provide them with scholarships for school – hoping also to establish a process to rescue additional enslaved children.
Many children turn to crime and prostitution to afford food, water and an education. Every day in Liberia parents struggle to provide for their children. Education is considered a luxury when most families can’t even afford to put food on the table. Mitch Weight, founder of Sahbu, and his team are currently working in Liberia to further the country’s education and deliver school supplies, clothing and toys. “Without an education you are consigned to crime, prostitution or just working in the streets trying to find something to sell,” Weight said. Sahbu estimates that 60 percent of schoolgirls resort to having sex for cash in order to afford food, water and an education. These girls can be as young as 10 years old and sell themselves for as little as three U.S. cents.
For each person who enrolls in college through Sahbu, the organization donates money to educate a child unable to afford an education in Liberia. In Liberia, some estimates show that 80 percent of school girls – some as young as 10 years old – resort to prostitution to help their family because of the high unemployment rates in the war-ravaged country. Many of these girls are unable to afford the $120 needed to attend school and end up getting pregnant at a very young age, furthering the cycle of poverty in the country. Utah-based Sahbu and Lifting Liberia, a nonprofit organization in West Africa, have partnered to change that.
Sahbu Officials will Visit West Africa in October to Jump Start an Effort to Educate 1,000 Liberian Youth Before the End of 2012
A society riddled by prostitution and crime, Sahbu founder says he was inspired to work in Liberia after witnessing the hardships faced by many West African youth. Pleasant Grove, Utah (PRWEB) October 02, 2012 As Sahbu founder Mitch Weight prepares for his second trip to West Africa in October, the Utah man said he expects a much different experience this time than when he traveled to Liberia to adopt two boys in January 2012. Today, Weight oversees an effort to provide access to education for thousands of West African children orphaned by war and AIDS, or whose families cannot afford to send them to school. His firm, Sahbu, is a Utah-based company that provides high-quality education for people in the United States who are looking to further their college education. Now when someone enrolls in school through Sahbu, the company provides funding for a child in Liberia to attend school for a year.
New infographic from Sahbu illustrates the difficulties of daily life in Liberia, where rape and child prostitution are practically the norm. Pleasant Grove, UT (PRWEB) September 25, 2012 Having already provided scholarships for more than 100 children to attend school in Liberia, Utah-based Sahbu now aims to help 1,000 more West African kids register for class before the end of 2012. In the war-torn country it costs about $120 to send a child to school for a year. But the West African nation has one of the lowest rates of child literacy in the world because many Liberian families cannot afford the expense.
Hoping to End Child Prostitution in Liberia, Utah Entrepreneur Launches Sahbu to Help Children in West Africa Gain Access to Education In Liberia, sending a child to school for a year only costs $120. Yet, the war-torn West African nation still has one of the lowest rates of child literacy in the world. Pleasant Grove, UT (PRWEB) September 19, 2012 Having recently adopted two young boys from Liberia, Utah entrepreneur Mitch Weight said he plans to return to West Africa in October to help other children in the poverty-stricken nation gain an education and a better life. Weight recently founded Sahbu, a Utah-based company focused on providing access to high-quality education for individuals in the United States looking to further their college education. Then, when someone enrolls in school through Sahbu, the company provides a year’s education to a child in Liberia. With about 85 percent unemployment in Liberia, Weight explained that some experts estimate that roughly 80 percent of young Liberian girls – some younger than 10 years old — engage in prostitution to help support their families. “I’ve traveled extensively so I thought I understood poverty, but nothing could have prepared me for what I witnessed in Liberia during my trip to pick up my two adopted sons. Starvation, child prostitution, slavery, kidnapping, child labor, war, rape, corruption and AIDS were all part of daily life in Liberia. When I returned home,