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.
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.