This month we are giving you an update on one of our partner organizations: SHE Rescue Home. They will be joining us at The Original Conference this year, and we can’t wait to see them! Take a look at some of the incredible stories that are unfolding as we partner with what God is doing in Cambodia… the SHE team is working hard to see restoration happen.
“Thank you for your support and commitment to see young girls lives changes. Our staff work hard to see that the girls are reintegrated to the safest possible location.
In the last six months of 2015 we safely reintegrated five girls (ages 10, 12, 12, 16, and 16) home to their families and transferred two girls (ages 16 and 19) into another organization with ongoing social worker and counsellor support provided to them.
Two girls (ages 16 and 19) had excelled in their schooling; skipping through grades and getting top marks in their class. After careful consideration between family members, our staff, government officials and the girls, it became clear that to reintegrate them into their home communities would be of great detriment to their studies and their future job prospects. All parties agreed that the best option was to transfer both girls to another organization in Phnom Penh specializing in training for independent living whilst providing safe housing and an intensive study program. Each girl is guaranteed a job in hospitality or the tourism industry at the end of her two year study. One of these girls had spent 10 months in the SHE Home, the other 3 years.
The 10-year-old reintegrated girl arrived in January 2013 and was able to be reintegrated home after her mother established a stable home environment for her daughter, close to schools and where she could be supervised appropriately. Her mother’s involvement in our Family Assistance Program contributed towards her safe reintegration. During her time in the SHE Home this girl graduated from her counseling after years of processing her complex trauma and learning about healthy relationships, boundaries and safety planning. This vital counseling has equipped her to identify dangerous situations and ways to keep herself safe.
Two 12-year-old girls entered the SHE Home together in September 2014. They were neighbors in their community and the same perpetrators had exploited both girls. They were reintegrated together 11 months later, after 2 out of 3 of their perpetrators were imprisoned (the third perpetrator was only 11 years old).
Another sixteen-year-old girl had entered the SHE Home in June 2014. During the 15 months spent in-care she testified against her perpetrator against her family’s wishes and he received 7 years imprisonment. Unable to be reintegrated to her unsupportive parents her grandmother was located and she offered to take care of her.
Each girl’s story and circumstances is unique with their own challenges. Thank you helping to for bringing healing and hope where there was pain and devastation. We love to see the smiles on their faces as they now receive acceptance and love.
We love that together we can do much!”
What a great reason to keep working at your In It For Good goal! Be sure to hop online and give (http://www.initforgood.com/#give) as we are sending the funding to our partner organizations all year long! Love + appreciate you, and can’t wait to see you at conference!
– The Original Staff