May 14, 2021

New Shelter for Sex Trafficking Survivors Update


As much of East Java quietly celebrates the culmination of fasting month with Eid al-Fitr, at Grace House, and other homes, end of the year school exams continue at least for the next week. Our East Java safe home has been moving toward the end of a long school year that has been online almost in its entirety.

Determination continues for this young resident working hard to wrap up her middle school years with hope-filled sights fixed on entering a vocational high school program in July, one that she chose. During the past few months, our program and care team thoughtfully investigated school programs of possibilities, with her, giving her exposure and opportunity to choose something that would fit her desires and contribute to her future.

As well, collaborations and preparations have begun to bring another girl back to East Java, her home region, from another island’s safe house. We expect to see her walk through our doors next month. She is looking forward to beginning her high school years in her hometown. She is one of the reasons why Grace House exists. Her situation, among the others, was one that informed the need for a safe house and rehabilitation home for survivors in East Java. We get to be part of her Welcome Home story.

In general, things are moving slow but as the community and government determine how to best reinstate regular daily life and travel we continue to creatively connect working on ways to strengthen care, staffing, and resources for each new survivor that will have a future and temporary home at Grace House.

We truly are grateful for you and for all your support for every survivor.

May 13, 2021

Community Development in East Java Update

Over the last 7 years we have seen remarkable growth in some of the community members and their families. Children are graduating high school, getting jobs, and some even continuing on to college. These courageous children are breaking the poverty mindset and proving to be an example to themselves and to others, that it can be done! We couldn’t be more proud.

 

The pandemic though challenging and hard in so many ways, has also afforded some space to pause and reflect on what has gone well and also refocus for the future. It has been a time to listen again to what the community identifies as most important, and work together to build programming.The staff are also training and taking time to reorganize some of the centers.

 

We are excited for this next phase of growth and empowered community leadership!

Feb 19, 2021

Home For Child Survivors of Sex Trafficking Report

Our staff is still doing their best to navigate the challenges of the pandemic in our aftercare shetlers. Hard work and resilience has shown through each of our staff members during this time as they care for the girls, keeping them inspired as they move forward in their journeys. 

One of our residents graduated from the program in November and is beginning her 2nd semester of medical school. She has worked hard to reach her goals and is now pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor! Another resident, still in the program, is working her way through nursing school. We have several girls who are preparing to graduate high school and begin college applications, two are applying to law school and one to bible college. 

There are a couple of girls that are new, that have come to us in 2021. Intakes during the pandemic have been difficult as we are doing our best to keep our current residence and staff safe. Despite the obstacles of quarantine protocols, our staff and residents remain positive, strong, and welcoming to new residents. We currently have a full house with fourteen teenage girls who are growing, healing, and learning to navigate this life together. 

This season has brought many storms including earthquakes, flooding, and landslides that have impacted the city and surrounding areas. One resident's home was destroyed in a landslide, they lost everything, but thankfully all were safe. 

Lack of work due to the pandemic continues to raise challenges for families financially and with the recent storms, the need for food and clothing has increased. Compassion First is providing continuing assistance to all of the communities we serve to help offset the physical needs at this time.

Thank you for your believing in this work, and supporting our amazing staff in Indonesia.

 
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