Hope for Justice’s Lighthouse in Cambodia, providing transitional care for young survivors of human trafficking, celebrated its 6th birthday with a party for the girls and the staff.
Our Cambodia Director, Maggie Crewes, explained: “We celebrated the over 320 girls who have been rescued and restored from exploitation over the past six years. We used the image of a diamond – it sparkles and true beauty comes out when the light shines through. Each girl is like a diamond and as they pass through the Lighthouse program, their sparkle and life can be restored and a new path found forward for the future.”
The girls and young women living at the Lighthouse played a game honouring the staff, drawing a picture of the person who has helped them most in their own journey and getting the others to guess who it was.
Alongside the fun were some really beautiful and honest sentiments, like: “Without this staff member helping me I don’t think I could do this program – they listen, they encourage me, they show me love”
And: “They respect me and are kind, even when they know what has happened to me, they help me create my future dream to go to training and get a safe job and earn money – to have a new life and support myself and my family.”
The staff prepared a unique message for each girl, highlighting her unique gifts and abilities and strengths and an encouraging message.
The Lighthouse in Cambodia is one of 11 run by Hope for Justice around the world. They all share best practice and standard operating procedures to ensure the best possible outcomes for survivors of trafficking in their care, with the goal always being reintegration to family-based care or that the supported into independent living.