We are a program of PeaceGospel.org, a charitable organization that began its work in 1993 to serve orphans, child labor victims, and young trafficking survivors in Asia and Africa. We have achieved Gold level status (the highest level) with GuideStar Exchange, the premier source for nonprofit information and transparency— you can review our profile here. Our response to the human trafficking crisis in Asia and Africa can be summarized in five categories as follows:
We have conducted hundreds of trafficking awareness campaigns, training thousands of susceptible Nepali girls to avoid the false promises and deceptive offers of traffickers. In Uganda and The Philippines, we conduct similar efforts through the education of at-risk girls, while also providing empowerment for their mothers through craft and skill development workshops. In India, we are focusing on prevention by way of rescuing orphans from child labor situations to ensure their protection from traffickers.
We work to equip girls enrolled at the ‘She Has Hope’ rehabilitation home with everything they need to stand on their own, healed and full of hope. Our Nepali rehabilitation home is a great success — over 145 girls have graduated, and of these, 47 girls have started their own businesses. The other graduates are either married or have found jobs related to their newly acquired skills.
In all of our project locations, our goal is sustainability. In Nepal, the garden project at our rehabilitation home continues to flourish — this year we've harvested eggplant, green beans, corn, radishes, potatoes, spinach, green onions, and garlic. The garden project not only provides the girls with nutritious ingredients for their meals but also equips them with knowledge of advanced gardening techniques. They leave the home knowing how to start their own gardens to provide for themselves. In addition to the garden project, our native staff also operates a farmland outside the city which further contributes to our sustainability goals. Last but not least, the goal of our crafts sales is to close the gap and create 100% sustainability in our Nepal program funding by 2020.
In Uganda, the women enrolled in our program not only craft the beautiful products you see here in the shop, but also participate in maintaining a garden project and a catering company which further empowers them with fair wages as well as generating funding for the program. In the Philippines, our trafficking response program is funded in part by a farmland project which includes banana and coconut groves, vegetable gardens, a henhouse and a fishery. In India, we have an extensive rooftop box gardening project and a 6-acre rice farm project serving our girls home.