Restoration and Dignity

In a country where close to 30% of the population are living below the poverty line, the Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development estimates that there are up to 200,000 children on the streets of Manila, and that at least one tenth are or become victims of human trafficking. They also estimate that the annual average increase of prostituted children is 3,266 per year. Tragically, the Philippines ranks fourth in the world in terms of countries with the highest number of prostituted children (humantrafficking.org Philippines). It’s effect on the innocence of impoverished children is heart-breaking.

Olivia [name changed for privacy and protection] was forced by her own mother into prostitution to help support her younger siblings. When she got pregnant and her mother was put in prison, she was referred to The Blessed House. There was a time she would sneak out of the shelter and go back to prostitution because that’s her only way of providing for her baby and siblings. After much counselling, being surrounded by a loving and supportive community, Olivia has shown much growth. Recently, her baby celebrated her 2nd birthday. Staff are seeing her increasingly making better choices for her and her daughter’s lives. She is seeking to be a good mom and sister to her younger siblings. With what she learned in the sewing program, she made a Snow White dress for her daughter. These pictures encourages us how the cycle of abuse can be broken and replaced with a life of dignity. 

The Blessed House is currently the home to 19 young women and children who are all survivors of trafficking and abuse. The Blessed House is providing them with safety, education and a bright future. Thank you to those who support this amazing project. Because of you, dignity and restoration is available to women and children.

Our Partners

 

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Online Court Hearing in the Midst of Pandemic

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.




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Three Sisters Now Safe

Three minors have been rescued from the abuse of livestream online sexual exploitation in a sting operation led by the local police and are now receiving proper trauma-informed care and interventions.




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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.