A boy's life is changed forever in the international sex trades. It takes guts for a boy to free himself. It takes vision for a boy to reach for his adulthood in challenging environments that express little empathy toward boys with HIV/AIDS and a history of sex work. Survivors will take a lead role in creating a model Safe House that will also guide multidisciplinary professionals wishing to improve the quality of life for survivors of the international sex trade in boys.
There are not enough Safe Houses for survivors of the international sex trade in boys, who are living with devastating and long term physical, psychological and social trauma. There is also little guidance for anyone seeking to establish an effective Safe House for boys with HIV/AIDS and a history of sex work. Our collaborative initiative will explore with survivors how to create a Safe House environment that will raise the quality of life for survivors and extend their life expectancy.
Our goal is to design a Safe House that the boys will want to live in and to call their home. Survivors will pool their collective knowledge of the diverse ways trauma for these distinct survivors is manifest and what environments alleviates their pain and assists them in reaching for their adulthood. Working with survivors who are experienced at finding ways to live in challenging environments with limited resources will play a key role in the creation of a sensible and cost effective design.
Early intervention works. Top of every survivors list is to secure a safe place to live and in which to alleviate their substantial trauma. Our goal is to design a Safe House environment and create a template that will assist groups of survivors embedded in distinct localities to come together and build a Safe House space for themselves.
SHOW ME YOUR LIFE bears witness to the sheer guts and breathtaking compassion of boys who despite having had everything taken away from them are determined to create a Safe environment for their peers - Rachel Chapple, PhD, Social Anthropologist
Total Funding Received to Date: $7,110
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $22,890
Total Funding Goal: $30,000