NO ONE should EVER be compelled or pressured into sex to survive or protect their loved ones.
Sold into sexual slavery by your parents as young as 8 years old, never having the chance at gaining an education, not knowing how to read or write, lacking a safe place to sleep at night, fearing which man you will be forced to spend the night with each day, not having enough to eat and fearing for your life every day – this is what girls all over the world are experiencing right now living a life of sexual slavery. They have no hope and no one to love and care for them.
Thanks to donors, the “Safe Campaign” began organically when the first girl was rescued from the red-light district in December 2006. In March 2007, we opened our first home for young girls we rescued from red-light districts in East Africa.
Once they are rescued and taken to their new home, girls receive food, shelter, clothing, emotional and spiritual counseling, educational opportunities, vocational training, medical care, a spending allowance, and more. Several of the girls from our homes have graduated from nursing school, accounting school, culinary school, and hairdressing school. Many have gotten married. Many graduates work directly for Crisis Aid now, helping rescue, serve, and train other girls in our programs.
We average 28 girls in our East Africa Refuge Homes (and many of them have young children). We also have more than 40 girls in our Phase 2 program, meaning they graduated from the Refuge homes and are living independently while working, finishing school, and continuing to receive mentoring, counseling, and more.
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Mercy Chapel in East Africa
Although we operate multiple Refuge homes in East Africa, there are never enough beds for the number of girls praying to be rescued from red-light districts. We knew we needed to take action to deliver these girls from slavery so we bought a property in March 2010, which was once used as a brothel in the red-light district to be repurposed to give young girls a safe place to recover. This former brothel is now known as Mercy Chapel. Mercy Chapel is being used as a church, counseling center and vocational training center for the tens of thousands of young girls forced to sell their bodies every day just to survive.
The vocational training program is a one-year commitment where girls have the opportunity to learn hairdressing, silk screen printing, computers, weaving, leather crafts, and sewing. We are also working with a government program for job placement upon graduation.
More than 100 of the girls who have been restored through Mercy Chapel have now graduated and moved toward a better life apart from sexual slavery into learning a new trade to provide for their families. These girls and their children now have new lives through your commitment to them.
Due to the overwhelming need and response, we expanded the program in early 2016 to now provide six different streams of training twice a day.
Hundreds of girls–once sold into slavery, have graduated from Mercy Chapel. Please GIVE TODAY so we can continue back-to-back sessions.
East Africa Girls Village
Due to the sheer number of girls in need of rescue, the Crisis Aid team met with community leaders who agreed we should build a community home for the rescued young girls that will be called Girls Village. Our goal is to remove the girls from the red-light districts they have been forced to live in and relocate each girl to a secure village of their own where they can choose to enter a restoration and education program.
The Girls Village will consist of one large home for up to 100 girls living in smaller family groups. The girls will have a community center, private school, and vocational training center which will offer multiple programs. Through the program, we will provide economic empowerment opportunities to more women by equipping them with marketable skills. The Girls Village will help promote young women’s abilities to start and grow businesses that can employ other young women. Their jobs will aid in improving their lives, generating more income, and creating additional jobs for the future. This will play a significant, long-term role in poverty reduction for the country while increasing the number of women business leaders in their nation.
Phase two of the Girls Village will be to build a six-story, commercial building along the road which will house the Vocational Training Center and also serve as an income generation project.
Thanks to your support, Crisis Aid has already broken ground for this project! Our goal is to have 50% of the annual budget met by the end of the third year through income-generating projects. —-