Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Love146 Safe House: A Place of Dreams

"Love Protects, Defends, Restores, Empowers"

Love146 has opened a new safe house for young women and children rescued from the Human Trafficking industry. Not as many children and young women are being rescued as could be because the safe houses simply do not have enough room. This is such a tragedy.

Children cannot be liberated from bondage only to end up at risk of starvation, homelessness, or being re-trafficked and exploited. At this very moment, children in brothels around the world could be set free if additional safe homes and trained caregivers existed.

In 2009, Love146 has also initiated these Aftercare programs:

Love146 Round Home: The first thing a child needs after being liberated from sexual slavery is a safe place. Love146 is committed to increasing the number of safe homes worldwide for survivors of child sexual exploitation and trafficking.

“My idea of a safe home is where we nurse the bird’s broken wing. If we do well with our nursing, then the bird should be able to fly again and out of the safe home, and soar to the heights it was meant to reach. If it casts a glance at the safe home again, then it should be from above, among the clouds of its achievements.” -Dr. Gundelina Velazco Director of Aftercare Love146

Love146 Aftercare Training: Children need trained caregivers to help in their healing and restoration. Love146 has devised training programs to be used to train participants at several levels. The programs aim at developing knowledge and skills for working with victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE). Through these training programs, caregivers learn to help CSE survivors by facilitating restorative experiences, teaching life skills, and providing hope for a better future.

Love146 Boys Aftercare Curriculum: This curriculum will be developed in Cambodia. Currently, no training exists for managers, social workers, supervisors and caregivers who work with male survivors. This results in the majority of boys’ needs being unmet – they are often ignored and frequently discriminated against in a variety of settings. Instead they require proper information, skills, confidence and effective support mechanisms to develop responses that meet the physical, psychosocial and social welfare needs of boys.

Click here for 146 ways to help Love146!

Please prayerfully consider how you can help these children and young women. Not just with a donation, but with your own life and actions. I have a friend who is going on the mission field in Asia to work with an Anti-Human Trafficking organisation and she reminded me that, "If something is on God's heart, it should be on mine as well."

If this issue and these girls are not breaking your heart, why? Go Do Something.

- Tavia Pitkanen


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