Empower 50 Survivors of Sex Trafficking in Rwanda

by Esther's Aid For Needy and Abandoned Children, Inc Vetted since 2015 Site Visit Verified


This project will provide short-term room and board, emergency healthcare, counseling, advocacy, and financial aid to 50 girls and women victims of sex trafficking in Kigali, Rwanda. The project will help to transition these girls and women from their past life of controlled abuse to stable independence.

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The young girls and women who have been victimized by sex traffickers and survived, are still extremely vulnerable and at risk of re-traumatization because of their horrific experience. They exhibit symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder including, depression and anxiety, poor self esteem, withdrawn behavior, promiscuity, habit disorders and rejection. The challenge is to provide intervention and practical assistance when it is most needed.


Esther's Aid wants to create a specific program, tailored to these vulnerable girls and young women. It will last from 9-12 months with specific answers for the needs of these survivors. These include, short term room and board, short term financial aid, emergency health care, counseling and advocacy. They will be enrolled in Esther's Aid current training programs (culinary, sewing and fashion design) to gain skills. These skills empower them with dignity and confidence to seek employment

Long-Term Impact

This project will provide opportunity for these vulnerable young women to break free from traffickers, find refuge when it is most needed, and to achieve productive and independent lives. The project will also provide transition support. Esther's Aid will mentor these girls and women on the entrepreneurship and cooperative creation of small businesses.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


Esther's Aid Official Website
The Life That Has Hope
Esther's Aid Success Story - First Rescued Boy
Esther's Aid Facebook Page

Organization Information

Esther's Aid For Needy and Abandoned Children, Inc

Location: New Rochelle, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.esthersaid.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @Under Construction
Project Leader:
Colleen Lehane
Executive Director, USA
New Rochelle, NY United States
$19,490 raised of $20,500 goal
273 donations
$1,010 to go
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