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.

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Safe Place for Two Sisters

The mother of these sisters works as a prostitute in the Philippines. When their mother started working at night time, she would usually ask one of her male friends to watch her kids. That man started abusing both girls repeatedly. Because of this, the two girls would usually sneak out of their house at night time and walk around the city.




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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.




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Thank you for being part of STOP TRAFFICKING 5K 2019

Our 4th annual STOP TRAFFICKING 5K might be over but the impact will be lasting. Thank you to all those from 11 countries who stood up and said 'no to trafficking'.  Because of you, the life saving work in Nepal and the Philippines will continue to impact lives. US$33,780 was raised with online and offline donations. Together, we are changing the world! Below is what has already happened so far this year in Nepal and the Philippines




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Building a life of dignity

One of the girls from the Blessed Project made this beautiful seat cover. These seat covers are now available for rent - for parties and events in the local region. There is so much room for creativity for the girls, not only in sewing but as well as in finding ways to make these products available to the local market.




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A Mother and Mentor

Tonet teaches sewing to the girls of Blessed Project in the Philippines, helping girls who are survivors of trafficking, develop skills and prepare them for employment and sustainable living. We celebrate all those who compassionately share a piece of their lives to assist and support trafficking survivors on their way to healing and recovery.




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A safe place

The Blessed Project in the Philippines continues to be a safe place for girls rescued from abuse and trafficking. Eunice* is the newest resident of the Blessed House. She was rescued and warmly welcomed by the girls and staff.