Multi-hyphenates Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos, and Jasmine Curtis have the world at their feet—even better, they have generous hearts that make them all the more worthy of their youth role model status. The latest cause they are supporting? World Vision Philippines’ campaign to stop sexual abuse of children in the country.
This new campaign coinciding with the organization's 60th anniversary has the theme “Caring for Children, Building Sustainable Communities," and last March 23, World Vision Ambassadors Sam, Tippy, and Jasmine, together with Christine Babao, Marc Nelson, Bianca Umali, CJ Hirro, and Joyce Pring headlined the launch of World Vision’s three-year campaign to reach three million Filipino children and protect them from offline and online forms of exploitation. “If you are a human being, you were a child once, and you would want to be protected as you grow up,” Joyce notes.
And it can affect anyone and everyone. “You can’t say the lower class can’t get it because they do get it. They have TVs and they are exposed to these things,” Jasmine says.
“Because I’m a millennial, I’m on social media, and I know that a lot of things are going on there,” Tippy adds, elaborating that many things are happening on the internet that go unnoticed. Presently, the Philippines ranks 10th worldwide when it comes to sexual exploitation of children between the age of 10 and 14, and World Vision hopes to eliminate the problem with their campaign, with support from International Justice Mission (IJM), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Inter-agency Against Trafficking (IACAT), and other like-minded groups.
Addressing child exploitation as a whole may be a herculean task, but we can all start making a difference one intentional act at a time. "Kahit tweet lang yan, kahit Instagram post lang yan, it’s simple but it’s really getting the message out there and for me, being part of the change," Jasmine explains.
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