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.
During the first quarter this year (January and March 2019):
1,840 women and girls were intercepted in Nepal and stopped before they were trafficked.
5 arrests were made and cases have been filed against traffickers which are now going through court in Nepal.
1,463 students were part of the Hamro Aviyan program run in Nepali schools, bringing awareness about how traffickers lure and the false promises given. These students were taught how to protect themselves from being tafficked.
249 students across 5 primary schools in the Philippines were part of the Stop Cyber Sex awareness program for schools. These students were taught how to keep safe from online bullying and sexual abuse.
71 new women joined the Microfinance program in the Philippines which now has 2,271 entreprenuers growing their small businesses.
23 new women joined the My Business My Freedom microfinance project in Nepal. These women are now part of 147 women with small businesses who are paving the way for other women and girls in their communities.
The website at stoptrafficking5k.org will remain open for another couple of weeks. There is still the opportunity to make your donation. Simply click below and find a team or individual to donate to. Your donation will help save a life.
Donations over $2 from USA & Australia, $5 New Zealand and $100 Hong Kong are TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
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.
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.
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.
The Blessed Project's Sewing Enterprise in the Philippines focuses on two core objectives: (1) sustainability and (2) skills training to prepare young women for employment. Jelyn’s story is just one of the many success stories the program has witnessed and wishes to witness as this social enterprise grows.
Most victims of cybersex are young children who aren't even aware that they are being abused. The work that our partners do is crucial in coming alongside them in realizing they are being abused and that there is help. The Blessed Project exists to help rehabilitate young women and girls who have fallen prey to traffickers and the online world of cybersex.