Oct 15, 2019

A Way Forward

One of the foundational principals in our partnership with the community at the Yellow Flower Cemetery is to trust in their incredible capabilities. We learned early on that they don't need handouts and photo ops. They don't need a white knight to ride in and save the day. Even though they live in poverty and are systematically subjugated, they are strong. They are survivors. And at the end of the day, what they need most is someone to support them, someone to believe in them. What they need most is what you and I need most, someone to love them and to fight for what's best for them. 

That's why we focus on working side-by-side with these friends of ours to support and encourage long-term opportunites for them. And even though this is was an early lesson for us, we continue to be surprsied with what they can do. Like Ruth's Boutique - a retail service selling items handmade by the women - which was conceived of and created by the community and which, with the support of our network, is now selling items all over the world with online partners like 139Made. 

Another example is the veracity with which the children have tackled their new educational opportunities, children whom many in their city would discredit. Children like Rico, who recently graduated from vocational school to become a mechanic and who is considered by his peers and teachers as a respected leader with a bright future! 

This inspirational community has faced more challenges than most of us can imagine. And yet, with a little help from their friends, they're finding a new way forward. We can't wait to see what they do next!

Aug 21, 2019

Full House

Below is an update from Valerie, our East Java Director, about the sucess we have been seeing at Sarah's House in 2018:

Sarah’s House is full!

Working together with police for rescue and intake, we have a full house. Sarah’s House is bustling at capacity with 14 girls! Three coming into our care within the past few weeks.

The rescue fund provides airfare and comprehensive resources for local police to retrieve children trafficked away from home to distant islands. Every dollar counts and translates into freedom.

THANK YOU for your support and especially your prayers for girls taking courageous first steps into their healing journeys. It really does take all of us.

Jul 24, 2019

As Dark as it is Beautiful

Below is a report and call to action for the newest addition to our anti-trafficking work in Bali, part of our expansion into central Indonesia:

 

Bali is internationally recognized for the exploitation of its nation’s children and for being a popular sex tourism destination.

Bali is as dark as it is beautiful.

Women and children from very poor families throughout Indonesia are taken or lured to Bali with a promise of honest work. Traffickers confiscate ID and legal documents, making it impossible for their victims to return home apart from outside rescue and resources.

That’s why we are here.

There is only a very small handful of anti-trafficking organizations fighting for Bali’s most vulnerable. Most are severely under-resourced, unable to single-handedly tend to the needs of the women and children seeking freedom and a fresh start.

After nine years of survivor care and prevention work throughout the islands of Indonesia, Compassion First is opening a Resourcing Center in Bali. We want to provide vital support resources to our friends on the frontlines.

The challenge is great, but together there is no limit to the good we can do. To get started, we estimate the cost to be $2,000 - $2,500 per month for the first year. Will you join us?"

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