5K to aid women at risk

Women at Risk, International, or WAR, is a nonprofit, Christian mission organization with the goal of rescuing, teaching and providing empowerment to women and children around the world who are victims of illegal trafficking and slavery.

In order to raise awareness and funds for WAR, in coordination with Harvest Baptist Church, Laura Schwartz has organized a 5K walk/run that will take place in Wapakoneta on Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. The race will begin and end at Harvest Baptist Church, located at 1301 Navajo Trail.

Schwartz explained that WAR creates circles of hope by building safe houses and women centers for these abused women, teaching them a trade and providing job training.

“They become employed making jewelry, scarves, toys, ornament, stationary and clothing,” Schwartz said. “People and churches around the globe then sell these products, completing the circle.”

Schwartz said it is comfortable and easy to assume human trafficking happens across oceans in other countries, but we continue to be assaulted daily with the reality that it happens right here, in our own neighborhoods.

For the full story, see the Friday, March 28 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.