February is often a whirlwind of a month. 

The bombardment of commercials for flowers and chocolates makes it hard to focus on genuine love — the pressure for extravagance overshadows the tenderness of selfless acts. 

This February, Lift Up the Vulnerable has set out to reclaim Valentine’s Day. We want the world to know that genuine love, at its core, requires selfless giving and caring for those in need — especially the world’s most vulnerable orphans and widows in their distress.  

With your help, we aim to raise support to fund an elementary school classroom. Education is a vital part of our human trafficking prevention program and a key foundation for decreasing vulnerability and violence worldwide. 

In Sudan and South Sudan, over 70% of school-age children are not receiving an education. In these conditions, it’s become more likely for a 13-year-old girl to die in childbirth than to learn to read and write. This is tragic since education has been proven to be a critical tool in reducing key factors that make someone vulnerable to the horrors of human trafficking.

According to UNESCO, if all students in low-income countries gained basic reading skills (nothing else), an estimated 171 million people could escape extreme poverty. This is why each year of education reduces the risk of conflict by around 20% and every year of secondary education reduces the likelihood of marrying as a child before the age of 18. 

LUV’s trafficking prevention program provides access to quality education so children living in warzones are protected and empowered to live a life free of exploitation. 

We are asking a few of our key partners—like you—to rally friends, family, and networks to support LUV’s work and help fund an elementary school classroom. Getting started is easy to do, and it’s fun. We’ll even give you all the tools you’ll need to make a difference. When you create a personal fundraiser page today for Lift Up the Vulnerable, you will create transformational change in warzones. 

Will you help prevent human trafficking? 

Let’s reclaim Valentine’s Day together and grow love for the world’s most vulnerable.