Pursuing Dreams through Education

Coming from extremely impoverished families, education has only been a far-fetched dream for most of the women and girls in The Blessed Project in the Philippines. They were deprived of education because of lack of financial capacity, and were forced to work – mostly in the commercial sex industry – even at a young age.

Through the help and safety of the Blessed Project, these women and children are given the opportunity to pursue their dreams through access to education, bringing a bright future.

The new school year started last week. The women and children of the Blessed Project in the Philippines were eager and very excited to go back to class. Several of the girls have recently passed their examination for the Alternative Learning System (ALS). ALS is a special education program that allows them to advance to an academic level fit for their academic capacity.

3 girls recently received their certifications from technical-vocational courses which also expands their options for employment as well as on what to take when they pursue college.

Our special thanks to those who believe in this project through your generous support. Because of you, 13 women and children are currently supported in the Blessed House. They are now safe and have bright futures ahead.

 

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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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Finding a Silver Lining

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.




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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.