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.
Kara (name changed for privacy and protection), who was also previously featured in one of our blogs, was rescued during an entrapment operation by authorities in 2020. She was then transferred to the Blessed Project where she received counselling and support to heal and rebuild her life, while also awaiting progress on her ongoing case against her perpetrator.
Our partners in International Justice Mission usually help in assisting the women in their court hearings. However, due to the pandemic and the implemented lockdown, Kara’s court hearing had to be conducted online via video conference.
Blessed Project’s social worker assisted Kara in this new experience. They reviewed important details that might be brought up before the hearing. The social worker also stayed with her throughout the hearing to assist with technical needs and provide emotional support. After the session, Kara received the much needed support to process her emotions as she was asked difficult questions. Despite the many adjustments needed with this new experience, Kara was able to effectively identify and testify against her perpetrator.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
If you would like to sponsor Kara or other women at the Blessed House please contact us at email@example.com. Your monthly support of USD 40/ AUD 48 will help support them through the rehabilitation process, and bring restoration while they rebuild their lives.
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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.
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.
While this pandemic has tied down 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.
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.