Via (name changed) was only a few months old when her mother died of cancer. She grew up with her father and his relatives. Her father had no stable job and when he remarried, he had 7 more children.
Via longed to study but because of poverty and lack of guidance from parents, she wasn’t able to go to school. In 2019, she was offered free tutorial classes by an NGO. She would go there 3 times a week to study. Not very long, when Via was able to finally find people she could trust, she shared that starting earlier that year, 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.
Help from the police and government social workers was arranged to help Via. During the initial investigations, Via’s father and the rest of the family left town to escape further investigation. Via was left in social welfare care. She was recently referred to The Blessed Project, where she is now adjusting well and on her way to rebuilding a dignified life.
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.