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.
As young as 9 years old, Elaine (name changed for privacy) was pimped by her mom to customers along the street, and at 10 years old, Elaine started working in bars. She was finally rescued a year after and is now safe in shelter.
In June 2020, International Justice Mission (IJM) and the Philippine National Police rescued a deaf and mute 27-year-old online sexual exploitation victim, together with her children. She was admitted to the Blessed House for immediate care and is now part of Blessed Project’s Sewing Livelihood Program as part of her restoration.