Violence against women and girls (also referred to as gender-based violence) is a pervasive infringement on human rights and well-being that has no social or economic boundaries.

It will affect 1 in 3 women worldwide in their lifetime - over ONE BILLION WOMEN

According to the UN, the most common form of human trafficking is sexual exploitation, the victims of which are predominantly women & girls. Surprisingly, in 30% of the countries which provided information on the gender of traffickers, women make up the largest proportion. In some parts of the world, women trafficking women is the norm.

Nearly TWO MILLION CHILDREN are exploited through the global sex trade each year

Sources: The World Bank, United Nations ODC Report, UNICEF.

We praise God that our ministry partners, JKPS in India & Wakisa Ministries in Uganda, are reaching out to victims of violence against women and girls. Just as Jesus demonstrated love, truth, redemption and total acceptance when he met the Samaritan woman at the well in chapter 4 of John’s gospel, so too are these ministry partners showing God’s love and sharing the hope of the Gospel with young girls who have been abused, exploited and rejected.

JKPS, India (Mahima Homes)

Kolkata in India is a critical hub for human trafficking as it serves as a source, destination, and transit point for trafficked children. In 2010, our ministry partner JKPS (based in Kolkata) set up Mahima Homes in response to the urgent need to provide quality aftercare facilities for minor survivors of the commercial sex trade and children in need of protection & care under the custody of the Indian government’s Child Welfare Committee.

Not only does JKPS give these rescued young girls the safety and security of a Mahima home, but they provide them with personalised medical & psychiatric care which includes trauma-focused therapeutic counselling to help them deal with the abuse that they have suffered. Some of this counselling is delivered is through art, dance and music therapy sessions.

The girls are also given the opportunity to return to formal education as well as learning life and vocational skills that will help them to generate an income.

By receiving legal advice, some of the rescued girls are able to take those who have abused or trafficked them to court (as was the case for Tamali*, featured below). Our prayer is that these young girls, through the work of JKPS and the truth of the Gospel, find acceptance and redemption and are better equipped for the future.

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Tamali* was put into sex work in 2016 by her mother when she was just twelve years old. Later that same year, she was rescued and placed in Mahima Umang where she was loved and cared for and received medical help, counselling and legal advice. In 2017, she testified in court against her mother and received interim compensation. On International Child Rights Day on 20th November 2020, Tamali* was awarded a Bravery Award by the West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

*name changed to maintain anonymity

Wakisa Ministries, Uganda (Pregnancy Crisis Centre)

Wakisa Ministries in Uganda seeks to address the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of traumatised teenage girls with unwanted pregnancies, often victims of sexual abuse from family members or neighbours, subsequently abandoned by their families, and at risk of poor maternal and child health.

Wakisa’s Pregnancy Crisis Centre offers pre- and post-natal medical care and temporary shelter to these young girls as well as life skills and vocational skills training, including infant care, cookery, candle making, tailoring, knitting, computer classes, hygiene, urban agriculture and handicrafts.

By providing these abused girls with healthcare and a means to support themselves after they leave the centre, they and their children have the opportunity to realise their potential, and have a more secure future.

Wakisa Ministries also provide family counselling to help the girls deal with the trauma, confusion and rejection they have experienced, as well as help to reconcile and reintegrate them with their families where and when it is safe to do so.

Our prayer is that these young girls, through the work of Wakisa and the truth of the Gospel, find acceptance and redemption and are better equipped for the future.

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Wakisa cooking
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Agriculture
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Sewing Classes
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Victoria became pregnant as a result of being raped while in secondary school. In 2010 she was admitted to Wakisa and gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

Initially, she did not want to go back to school because of the trauma she’d faced, but after counselling & encouragement, she decided to return to pursue her dream of becoming a Social Worker so that she could help victims of rape.

Victoria graduated in 2018 with a degree in Development Studies. In September 2020, she went back to visit Wakisa Ministries in appreciation of the care and love she received. She shared with the girls & staff that she had remained faithful to God since her time at Wakisa & encouraged them to keep praying & learning. The girls have renewed hope as a result of seeing a fellow young mum 10 years on.

Victoria Wakisa

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Your gifts & prayers for these young girls will show love and compassion, helping to give hope, redemption and the opportunity of a brighter future, despite the abuse & trauma they’ve experienced.

art therapy supplies
cooking
medical care
Legal Advice
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