Human trafficking, forced labor, involuntary servitude, sexual slavery --whatever you call it, the suffering is dehumanizing. It destroys lives. Women and girls suffer disproportionately. There are people who exploit others, and then there’s the rest of us. We choose sides through action or inaction. There are things we can do. We can prevent. We can help set free. We can aid recovery. It’s time to take a stand.

Tirzah Responds:

Kenya

The Fadhili Program, Homecare, 
Tirzah International’s Partner in Kenya

Women and girls living in Kibera, the large slum outside of Nairobi, are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse. A key part of efforts to fight modern-day slavery focuses on prevention, and providing women with the skills that will keep them from falling prey to those that would exploit them.  

This program provides emotional, physical, spiritual and psychological support to women in the Kibera Slum. Some of the women in this program have worked as prostitutes. The women learn skills like knitting, soap-making, bead-making, and crocheting, among others. They then sell these products to earn income. For the three years these women are in our program, we assist with their house rent and medical care. The women meet not just to learn new skills but also to share their personal experiences. During their therapy sessions, many have been encouraged to hear that what they are going through is not new and others have gone through it victoriously. At the end of the three years, we support these women with capital to go and start a business of their choice.

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Burundi

Homecare Sewing Center,
Tirzah International’s Partner in Burundi

The sewing center runs a 10-month, 5 day-a-week training program for widows and orphans. Some are HIV-positive and some are survivors of labor trafficking and sex trafficking. Women in the program are given funds for medical coverage and scholarships to keep their children in school. The program also provides literacy training, trauma counseling, and discipleship for these impoverished women who have been struggling to provide for themselves and their children. These women, many of whom have endured the most desperate of circumstances, learn to sew and at the end of the program receive a sewing machine, materials and funds to start their businesses. At the center, women find something many of them do not have - a family of friends and supporters to help them rebuild their lives.

Read about women in Tirzah's programs in Burundi whose lives have been impacted by Slavery: Alida // Hikima // Monia

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Ethiopia

Entoto Women’s Empowerment Program, 
Beza Community Development Association,
Tirzah International's Partner in Ethiopia

This program focuses on women living with HIV/AIDS on Entoto mountain. This program provides business training so that these women can earn income for their families. Women and girls in the Entoto program have been exposed to various forms of gender-based violence and trafficking. Some of the women become employees of the Bethi Entoto jewelry company. Others are trained to start their own businesses or helped to find other job opportunities. Areas of training include tailoring, dyeing, sewing, embroidery, leatherwork, and printing. 

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Asian Peninsula and Islands

Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia and the Philippines

Tirzah's leader and her team in this region have a network that impacts women who have suffered abuse, rape, forced prostitution and who are at risk of being sold across borders. The work is church-based and focuses on discipleship and building women up so that they can improve their lives and reach out to vulnerable women in their immediate communities.

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Eastern Europe

Tirzah's Regional Leader works with the vulnerable population of Roma women and girls throughout Serbia and Eastern Europe. Her work encourages Roma families to value their daughters and keep them in school rather than marrying them off in their early teens. The Leadership Team in Eastern Europe make sure that Roma women are included in all of the leadership training. This bolsters the prevention of trafficking for these women. This is key in efforts to combat modern-day slavery.

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