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Lynchburg school raises thousands to help human trafficking victims

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LYNCHBURG (WSLS 10) -

A school in Lynchburg raised $45,000 to help girls overseas who are victims of human trafficking.

Liberty Christian Academy partnered with Freedom 4/24 for the fall semester Christian service project. Freedom 4/24 is a local non-profit committed to raising awareness of the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of women and children around the world. They also provide financial support to partner organizations dedicated to bringing freedom and doing justice. One of these organizations is Christine's House, which provides housing, healthcare, counseling, and vocational training for victims of exploitation and trafficking in Uganda.

LCA made it a goal to raise enough money in the fall semester to cover a year's worth of expenses for the residents and operations of Christine's House. Through athletic teams and extra curricular groups challenging each other on social media, through students giving up Christmas gifts in exchange for donations to this organization, and through many other creative ideas and sacrifices, the $45,000 goal was reached Saturday, January 9, just days before the end of the semester.

This month, LCA says more than 30 new girls will be rescued and given shelter at Christine's House where they will receive treatment and training paid for by LCA in order to eventually be reintegrated back into their communities successfully.

"We are so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the work of local organizations like Freedom 4/24 who are accomplishing incredible things throughout the world and for the willingness of Bulldog Nation families to join in this. LCA seeks to support parents as they nurture and train their children and we believe that part of this mission involves fostering in our students a compassion that leads to action on behalf of those around them. Love Works," said LCA in a statement.