Finding a Silver Lining

While this pandemic has tied down the majority of us in our homes, the young women at The Blessed Project have found ways to make their time at the shelter worthwhile and fruitful. One of them, Jean (name changed for protection and privacy), shares her experience.

“I used to have difficulty relating with and trusting others. Recently, because of the lockdown, I got to spend more time with the other women in the Blessed Project. This helped me get to know them better and strengthen my relationship with them.”

“Since I love baking and making do-it-yourself crafts, I often teach them how to make their own. Not only am I able to share what I know, but I also get to bond with them.”

When Jean returned to formal schooling the past year, she struggled a lot. But she found encouragement and strength from the staff and her fellow Blessed House women. Through Honor 1000 Movement’s Blessed Project, these women survivors get the opportunity not only to rebuild their lives, but to restore and build new, healthy relationships as well.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

For the past months, one of the primary sources of income for the women at The Blessed Project – the Sewing Enterprise – has been fluctuating due to the COVID-19 lockdown in the Philippines. If you would like to sponsor a girl a the Blessed House, your monthly support of USD 40 / AUD 48 will help sustain them through this crisis and bring restoration while they rebuild their lives.

  

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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.




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Rescued in an Entrapment Operation

Issa [name changed for privacy and protection] lived in a cemetery with her family. As the eldest, she felt the burden to help provide for the family. She found a job through a woman she met, but before she knew it, she was trapped and unable to free herself from a recurring exploitation.




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3 children now safe

3 children, victims of cybersex abuse, have been referred to the safety of our partners' safe-house.




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From a Trafficking Survivor to a Confident and Inspiring Woman

Andi [name changed for privacy and protection] was rescued from trafficking by International Justice Mission (IJM) and referred to the Blessed House in 2017. During the past few years, she has gone through counselling, confidence building and learning skills that she can rely on to earn an income. She is now strong and confident and able to move out of the Blessed House and reintegrate into the community. She successfully secured a scholarship to finish her studies and is continuing to support herself through her job at the Blessed House's Sewing Enterprise. She is also one of the facilitators of the Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign (HTAC) with the microfinance groups. She spends time and engages with the mothers - answering their questions about human trafficking and encouraging them to fight it.




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Rebuilding a Dignified Life

Via was only a few months old when her mother died of cancer. She longed to study but because of poverty, she wasn’t able to go to school. Her father would take naked pictures of her while taking a bath. She wasn’t sure for what purpose the pictures were, but it went on for a couple of months.




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Employment for Rehabilitated Women

The Blessed Project's Sewing Enterprise in the Philippines focuses on two core objectives: (1) sustainability and (2) skills training to prepare young women for employment. Jelyn’s story is just one of the many success stories the program has witnessed and wishes to witness as this social enterprise grows.