Compassion First

Compassion First is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, providing long-term, hope-filled solutions for survivors of child sexual trafficking. We have a global vision, providing services to the world's most vulnerable in one of the most under-served regions of the world.
Dec 5, 2016

Giving Thanks at Sarah's House

Thanksgiving at Sarah
Thanksgiving at Sarah's House

For the last three years we’ve held a Thanksgiving celebration at Sarah’s House. Even though we are in Indonesia and some of the food we prepare is different, the same spirit of Thanksgiving is present. People buzz in and out of the kitchen helping prepare everything from pies to potatoes, sampling the food as they go. Graduated girls and out-of-town family members begin arriving, and there is joy in the air! Finally, when everyone is present the celebration begins with singing:  

“You are my friend,

I am your friend,

we belong togetherrrrr……

like bread and butter!

I will always be there and support you

encouraging you for the best.

And if you are sad,

I’ll hug you tight!

You are my friend,

I am your friend,

we belong togetherrrrr…..

like pants and a shirt!

It’s so fun to see the turkey inspire “oohs & ahs” and the faces of girls tasting cranberry sauce and stuffing for the first time. But the real reason we do this is to celebrate the most precious gift of all, the gift of one another.

Valerie Bellamy, CF Director of Cemetery Outreach, gave a brief message of encouragement at the celebration this year. She shared that it’s too easy to focus on the problems and challenges we face  each day. But choosing to look for the good things allows us to see them, more and more. She encouraged us to look for and speak out the good things in our lives.

So today, we  want to express our gratitude for each girl that is rescued and brought into our care, for staff members that give of themselves daily serving with patience, and for each of you who love without getting tired. You truly are a gift to us!

We hope you look for and find the good all-around you this season!

Nov 10, 2016

Five Girls Rescued in One Week

A Welcome Celebration at Sarah
A Welcome Celebration at Sarah's House

In one week we welcomed four new girls into our shelter, and one into community based care.

This was a rescue collaboration with local police, IOM, and the government agency. We are thankful for the quick and effective rescues by our partners. These five girls are safe and have begun their life-changing journey to restoration.

Please pray for the stabilization period, both for the new and current girls, and also for the staff. We are at capacity with our current staff and facility. In addition to the girls living at the shelter, there are also a few others that we serve outside of the shelter with community based care. Pray for us as we pursue expansion and seek to hire additional staff.

Sarah's House, our aftercare shelter, is currently in need of child sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring one of these girls, send an email to inquire@compassionfirst.org.

Sep 15, 2016

Two New Residents Make Sarah's House a Full House

Two New Residents!
Two New Residents!

Two new girls were welcomed into our care over the past several months. Both of the new girls are moving out of their stabilization phase and into the main program with the other girls. The stabilization phase went exceptionally well for both of the girls, we are so proud of them!

With the addition of new residents comes an adjustment period for everyone in the house. One of the seasoned residents has taken it upon herself to be the house ambassador, encouraging the new girls to embrace the program, and assuring them that they will recognize great positive change in their lives. What a joy to see the girls recognize their own progress and strengths.

The girls have been making bracelets together and knitting non-stop. It's their new favorite activity to do together, and it's so fun to see the beautiful pieces they have been making. 

The residents are currently in the middle of SHINE, an empowerment program that we have completed the past two summers. It is a highlight of the year for the girls and staff alike. Some of the girls have participated in this program twice and now act as co-facilitators with the staff! They have grown and changed through the year and it is equally empowering with each new season.

We are incredibly proud of one of the residents who passed her entrance exam to attend a private school nearby. This will provide great learning and socialization opportunities for her in a safe and structured environment. We are grateful for our partnership and excited for this long-time resident to experience specialized science education outside of the shelter. This development is a stepping stone toward the achievement of her dream—attending a university for medical training!

One of the older girls just began college, and has moved into the dorms as part of her reintegration process. She is a strong leader, and has inspired the other girls to pursue dreams of attending university as well. 

The department teams are thriving. The clinical and house mom teams are communicating beautifully, which makes for a consistent, strong and balanced program. We are looking into the possibility of hiring a part-time counselor as we grow. 

 
   

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