A Mother and Mentor

Tonet, 49, became a single mother during her teenage years. Even at a young age, she worked hard to raise her child alone.

Tonet using the sewing machines at the Blessed Project in the Philippines

She eventually met Edil, who himself had three children with his previous partner. Despite several hurdles, they built their family together and raised their children well.

Now, like parents coaching their children, they teach sewing to the girls of Blessed Project in the Philippines, helping girls who are survivors of trafficking, develop skills and prepare them for employment and sustainable living.

We celebrate all those who compassionately share a piece of their lives to assist and support trafficking survivors on their way to healing and recovery.

In continuous celebration of International Women’s Month this March, we recognize Tonet and the many other women just like her who have amazing stories of endurance and hope.

Our Partners

   

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Rescued After Years of Abuse

Mia and Marie (names changed for security and privacy) had to endure abuse for years until they were finally rescued earlier this year.




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New Homes and Reintegration

Though we continue to feel the effects of the pandemic and prolonged lockdown in the Philippines, 6 women and 6 children have been successfully reintegrated with their families or into new homes.




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16 Children Rescued from Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

16 children have been rescued from online sexual abuse and exploitation. Most of them experienced the abuse from their own families and relatives. These children are now safe in our shelter, receiving the counselling and support they need to start rebuilding their lives.




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Online Court Hearing in the Midst of Pandemic

The prolonged pandemic in the Philippines has created issues that required necessary adjustments, especially for the women and children in The Blessed Project who are still in school and/or have ongoing court cases.




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Three Sisters Now Safe

Three minors have been rescued from the abuse of livestream online sexual exploitation in a sting operation led by the local police and are now receiving proper trauma-informed care and interventions.




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Safer Home and Means of Living

Early in 2019, the slum area where Kara and her family lived caught fire. Kara was homeless so she decided to live with her friends. One of her friends introduced her to a woman who promised to give her a job. Little did she know that the woman would exploit her.