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) in 2017 and referred to the Blessed House. 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.
Andi with one of the mothers from a microfinance group
She has also been invited by various organizations to share her story and inspire other survivors. Not only was she able to rise up from the traumatic experiences she had, but now lives a dignified and empowered life, ready and open to inspire others to do the same. We are so proud of Andi and we know she will go on to change the world.
Thank you to Denise for sponsoring Andi and giving her a safe place to call home filled with people who love her and believe in her. Thank you to all our donors who make it possible for other women just like Andi to have a place to rehabilitate and recover from the horrors of abuse and trafficking.
The Blessed Project, under Honor 1000 Movement, aims to provide a loving home and a place for healing and and recovery for survivors of human trafficking.
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.
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.
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.