Touch A Life Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Dallas, Texas that works to rehabilitate and support children who are vulnerable to trafficking, child labor and slavery in Southeast Asia and West Africa. With programs in Vietnam, Cambodia and Ghana, Touch A Life rescues, houses and educates exploited children.
Touch A Life Co-Founders, Pam and Randy Cope created this inspiring foundation in 1999 after traveling to Southeast Asia to visit friends who run an orphanage in Vietnam. Here, the Copes saw poverty they never imagined. Their hearts went out especially to the street children (known as doi moi – “dust of the earth”) who were forced to live and beg on the streets, enduring hunger, abuse and the constant danger of being picked up by child traffickers and forced into a life of slavery. What started as a small apartment in Saigon, where they housed 15 rescued street children, grew and expanded to become a non-profit that provides vulnerable children across the globe with three meals a day, clothing, education, a loving family, resources to improve their futures and, above all, hope.
Touch A Life currently runs an empowerment program in Vietnam that offers assistance with school tuition, food and daycare for children living in impoverished communities. In Cambodia, Touch A Life partners with Place of Rescue to offer a safe haven for families living with AIDS, orphan children and grandmothers, as well as young unmarried pregnant women. Most recently, the organization expanded into Ghana, where it operates Touch A Life Care Center, the only long-term rehabilitative care center for formerly trafficked children in Ghana. Touch A Life also works to inspire others to advocate on behalf of vulnerable children around the world.
ENO has joined the movement and has donated hammocks to the children who were rescued out of slavery in Ghana by Touch A Life. Hopefully we can spread joy and fun to the ones who deserve it most!
With many ways to support and get involved with this amazing organization, including volunteering, interning, partnering and attending/hosting events, you can become an advocate for these children. Find out how to get involved here. You can also join the Global Family Initiative, which unites supporters with children across the globe and provides donors with many options to contribute.