In 2012, with the help of some wonderful friends, we started a safe house in the capital of Uganda. We opened this home in response to a need to care for at-risk, abused, and sexually exploited underage girls. The goal was to provide a safe, caring environment for them to leave the sex trade or other dangerous environments and get care, counseling and safety. In addition, our goal is to re-acclimate these girls into a structured, healthy lifestyle where they may heal from physical and emotional trauma and learn to take ownership of their lives, their futures, educations, and vocational opportunities.
The home is staffed with mentors and counselors who visit the surrounding neighborhoods and identify minors being sexually exploited or otherwise abused. The mentors then approach the minors and offer them a place to live. The girls enter the home voluntarily and are free to leave if they choose.
Currently, we have 15 girls living at the home, receiving care, counseling, guidance, and education. Daily activities include daily responsibilities and chores, group meetings, crafts and activities, homework, therapy and discussions.
In early 2014, we opened an additional home based on the need to shelter more girls and provide more care. There are 10 girls living in the new home in addition to 15 living in our first home.
If you'd like to help support the home or have questions, feel free to email email@example.com for more details on monthly costs, or head over to restoreinternational.org/donations to make a donation or sign up for a monthly pledge.