Last month we hosted our annual Family Camp for the community we work with in East Java. When we first began working with this community, we asked them what their biggest need was, what they most wanted from us. Their reply was, "We want to have healthier family relationships." Given the fact that they live in abject poverty and systemic persecution, this was an unexpected and eye-opening response for our team. But it also humanized them. Who among us doesn't want a better family relationship? A healthy, loving family is a basic human need and something everybody wants more of.
So, we started putting on annual Family Camps focused on fun family outings - usually at the nearby water park - and workshops on how to build healthier families. It has become one of our favorite events of the year, and a highlight for the community we serve. And this year was no different. Dozens of children and parents joined us for a day of fun and family development including communication skills, the importance of honesty, and conflict resolution. We brought a team from the U.S. to facilitate and everyone in attendance had a blast! We can't wait for next year!
Mar 26, 2019
A Partnered Response
By Ron Toft - Development Coordinator
Last year, a massive earthquake and resulting tsunami obliterated the Indonesian city of Palu. While we do not operate directly in the city, we do have operations nearby and this disaster heavily affected our staff. And as always, crises like this are often magnets for traffickers as they attempt to take advantage of desparate situations. As such, it was very important that we try to help however we could.
Through a partnership with you, World Hope International, and The Katayden Group we were able to deliver 250 household water filtration systems as well as training on how to use them. At a time when resources were incredibly scarce and regional utilities and infrastructure were damaged, these water systems brought much needed relief to families and communities.
So thank you all fro your generous support! Certainly we could not have done this without your faithful generosity in this time of crisis!
Feb 25, 2019
Too Much of a Good Thing
By Ron Toft - Development Coordinator
Sarah's House is our original home for survivors in Indonesia. Over the years we have learned a lot, seen a lot and been honored to share this place with so many amazing young women on their journey to health and recovery. Our program has been known to the professionals that intersect with our work (social workers, teachers, law enforement, lawyers, etc.) for years as the premier safe place for survivors in the region. As we continue to grow and expand our influence to new regions and cities we continue to find favor with those looking for knowledgable, resourced, and faithful advocates for the young women and families coming out of sex trafficking. As such we have found ourselves consistently at capacity in Sarah's House as more rescues are happening and we are recieving young women from farther away.
Certainly this is excellent news. But it does mean we see a need for further expansion. In order to conserve the high level of care and safety that we hold ourselves to, we do not exceed the capacity of our homes. Thus, new and expanded facilites are needed. Our new shelter - Grace House - will be a great new home, especially for survivors from the Java region or those with safety concerns in regions where we currently operate. Your continued support is why we are able to continue to grow and provide rescue, shelter, and rehabilitation for more and more young survivors, until child trafficking has been reradicated in Indonesia. It's not an easy goal, but it's one that, with your help, we will continue to strive for. For that faithful partnership and support, we thank you. And we look forward to sharing more good news like this in the future!