As much of East Java quietly celebrates the culmination of fasting month with Eid al-Fitr, at Grace House, and other homes, end of the year school exams continue at least for the next week. Our East Java safe home has been moving toward the end of a long school year that has been online almost in its entirety.
Determination continues for this young resident working hard to wrap up her middle school years with hope-filled sights fixed on entering a vocational high school program in July, one that she chose. During the past few months, our program and care team thoughtfully investigated school programs of possibilities, with her, giving her exposure and opportunity to choose something that would fit her desires and contribute to her future.
As well, collaborations and preparations have begun to bring another girl back to East Java, her home region, from another island’s safe house. We expect to see her walk through our doors next month. She is looking forward to beginning her high school years in her hometown. She is one of the reasons why Grace House exists. Her situation, among the others, was one that informed the need for a safe house and rehabilitation home for survivors in East Java. We get to be part of her Welcome Home story.
In general, things are moving slow but as the community and government determine how to best reinstate regular daily life and travel we continue to creatively connect working on ways to strengthen care, staffing, and resources for each new survivor that will have a future and temporary home at Grace House.
We truly are grateful for you and for all your support for every survivor.
While we navigate the continued limitations that this season imposes on our aftercare home and around east Java, our team has found ways to bring life and delight to Grace House through various learning activities, onsite festivities and virtual fellowships shared even thousands of miles apart. With the holiday travel and family gathering challenges many of our team members discovered real joy and a unique gift in sharing Christmas and the New Year with our girls at Grace House.
Recently, one resident transitioned home, premature of how we had hoped. However, shortly after we welcomed a recent graduate from our other aftercare home to intern at Grace House during her mid-year break from college. Our other resident steadily continues to make more and more progress seeing more possibilities for her own future and for her 8 month old baby girl. Over the past several months she has discovered a love for art, make-up and clothing design while maintaining dedication to her studies this new year. In the last few months we also welcomed a couple of much needed staff members, a new house mom and a new operations and security team member. Thank you for your support, we are truly grateful to you and hope that you find much joy in this new year of 2021!
In the middle of its first year of operating, Grace House and its residents are taking new steps. The last three months have brought a new school year and its first formal school relationships for its first and future residents. For one girl who transferred from Sarah’s house to Grace House in February, she has taken a huge step and rejoined the formal classroom setting at a nearby school. She is engaging with new peers and making new friends. Though most classes are currently held online due to COVID-19 precautions, she has been able to attend meet-ups outside with small study groups, learning together and making life-giving connections, a huge step as she begins to look forward to future reintegration back to stronger new life and community.
Also, this coming weekend Grace House residents will have a ceremony that celebrates the completion of a 10-week curriculum together that teaches and inspires these truths: that each girl has incredible worth, that they possess great strength, and that they have a real purpose. As survivors learn and engage these foundational values, it births new hope and new vision as they continue to heal, rebuild, and to see new possibilities for their future.
We are so grateful and humbled by your partnership with Compassion First. It makes new things possible for every girl of Grace House and it is a huge joy for us to walk with them in their journey! Thank you!
Our staff has shown to be heroes through this pandemic time and time again. Daily life is looking different at Grace House, our home for child survivors in East Java, Indonesia. We continue with partially quarantined operations with limited in and out activity. All staff who can do their work from a distance are doing so, while others have signed up for multi-day shifts to limit the number of entrances and exits per week. As you can imagine, everyone, girls and staff alike, would like things to get back to normal as soon as possible. However, we are gearing up for the long-term as the COVID-19 crisis is predicted to have a broad and devastating impact in Indonesia.
Recently, one of the young survivors in our care had a medical emergency and needed to spend a few days in the hospital (not COVID-19 related). She was accompanied by her house mom who was a source of comfort and support during a scary situation. This house mom knew the risks and stayed in the hospital amidst a global pandemic because of love.
The girls and staff have also made adjustments academically, ensuring that education remains a priority. The girls now have access to virtual classes and have been able to maintain continuity. It is important that each of them continue catching up in their academic levels as well as not falling further behind. The staff have also worked very hard to ensure that the girls stay productive and have access to program activities and projects to keep them engaged and excited. Quarantine has allowed for an opportune time to learn new skills both in the kitchen and technologically. There is no doubt that relational bonds will be strengthened through this chaotic time, and we are grateful to have such a dedicated team to keep the shelter safe and thriving amidst a pandemic.
Grace House is officially preparing to DOUBLE the number of trafficking survivors in our newest shelter. Is it from 1 resident to 2? Sure. But that is absolutely still worth celebrating! Because when you are working against something as personal and complex as child trafficking, it's not really a numbers game. It's about real people, saving the lives of innocent young women from sexual slavery. In the big picture, is just one more girl really going to make a difference? You bet it is.
So celebrate with us that one more girl is in safety! And we can't wait to double those numbers again soon!
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