55 Ugandan Girls Survive Trafficking & Earn Income

by FAIR Girls

Summary

This project will free 55 Ugandan girl survivors of trafficking and teach them jewelry making so they can earn an income. Girl victims of trafficking will escape exploitation, access food, safe housing and medical care, and receive therapeutic and economically empowering opportunities through FAIR Girls' JewelGirls program.
$6,505
total raised
222
donors
0
monthly donors
3
years active

Challenge

In Kampala, Uganda, an estimated 15,000-18,000 children are trafficked for labor and sex per year. Girls and boys age 11 and younger are abducted by professional traffickers to be exploited as domestic and sex slaves, commercial labor, and treated as commodities. Girls are particularly vulnerable to trafficking when in extreme poverty, as orphans, and due to lack of government protection and the normalization of undermining the value of the girl-child in Ugandan society.

Solution

This project will free 55 girl survivors of trafficking through outreach to the poorest slums in Uganda. Staff will provide supportive counseling and facilitate girls' access to safe housing and medical care. Twice a week, girls will attend business skills and therapeutic workshops to create jewelry. They can earn up to $6 a week to pay for basic necessities, reducing their economic vulnerability to exploitation. Jewelry is sold at local markets, online, and at FAIR Girls' D.C. events.

Long-Term Impact

JewelGirls is the sole source of income for nearly all members. In monthly structured discussions focusing on money management, accessing loans, and valuing oneself as a girl, girls will foster positive relationships and support one another towards their goals. They will learn to save in order to open their own hair salon or store someday, creating a stronger, women inclusive economy. These empowered girls will in turn inspire their friends and future daughters to do the same.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.fairgirls.org
FAIR Girls International Jewelry Online Shop
JewelGirls Program Description
FAIR Girls annual gala featuring Ugandan survivor
FAIR Girls website

Organization Information

FAIR Girls

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.fairgirls.org
FAIR Girls
Project Leader:
Andrea Powell
Washington, DC United States

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