The community we serve in East Java fights against severe poverty in a place where economic opportunities are very scarce. From the beginning we have recognized this as a principal obstacle to their development as a community and a major contributor to their subjugation. It's why we have worked hard over the years to help them find new paths to economic freedom. But poverty is a complex, systemic issue that extends far beyond East Java.
It's for this reason that we have partnered with like-minded organizations through the Accord Network to petition Congress to continue to support and fund the Poverty-Focused Development Assistance, a federal funding program that helps organizations like ours that fight poverty. This important fund allows many excellent organizations around the globe to do what we do in East Java. It's a source of pride that our government supports missions like ours aimed at making the world a better place for everyone, and we want that support to continue.
If you would like to sign the petition, please see the link below.
Opening our first shelter, and indeed the first of it's kind in the region, was a long and difficult process. We had a hard ground to till before we saw any fruit of our labor. Over the last ten years, however, we have seen amzing change in effort and attitde toward child trafficking in this region of the world. Not only have our direct efforts been as effective as anyone could have hoped, but many in the local government, law enforcement, and social agencies have been emboldened to bravely act on behalf of these young girls. We have seen sweeping change in the response to child trafficking resulting in a significant decrease in trafficking.
As the amazing girls in our program continue to thrive, graduating primary schooling and even moving on to wonderful new opportunities, as we have seen families and communities healed, and as our staff and partners have been encouraged that real change is possible, there is still more to do. We continue to refine our process, our training, and our facilities as we continue to learn more. As a pioneer of this work in Indonesia we have carved a clear path. Now we continue to work hard to pave that path for many more to follow in the coming years.
Thank you for being such a valuable partner in this difficult but rewarding process with us. We look forward to many prosperous years ahead!
Apr 29, 2019
Making It A Home
By Ron Toft - Development Coordinator
As we continue to raise funds for Grace House here in the States, our team in East Java, Indonesia has been busy getting the building ready for residents. As you can imagine, a lot is required for this beautiful but complex work. From hiring staff to setting up security measures, we've done a lot of work on the ground to make sure Grace House is a world-class facility for the housing, healing, and holistic restoration of survivors of sex trafficking.
But despite all that work it's the residents that make it a home. And that all-important piece is coming into place with the recent identification of our first possible resident. As we partner with local authorities on the specifics of her case to make sure she is a candidate that will benefit from our program, we look forward to preparing a place for her. It is for her after all that we do all this. So stay tuned, and thank you for helping us make Grace House a home.