Tiny Hands Aftercare

So, I've told you about what girls who are victims of trafficking go through, and what Tiny Hands International does to intercept them before they're trafficked.  Here's some insight into the aftercare they receive.  There is some amazing stuff going on!
"THI works to ensure that victims of trafficking stopped at the border are given the emotional and spiritual support they need during times of transition."


"The hours and days following an interception of a trafficking is a critical time for several reasons.  First, the victim is coming to terms with the disappointment to learn that slavery, rather than new opportunities, was waiting for them across the border.  Secondly, justice for the trafficker relies on the testimony of the girls, who are questioned extensively by the police and our border staff.  It is an emotionally exhausting time.  

At many of our border stations we have opened Safe Homes, where victims can be safely kept for days to weeks while an investigation into what occurred begins.  They are offered emotional and spiritual counseling and are educated about the dangers of trafficking.  During their stay our staff evaluate their situation and consider the best option for them.  Many are able to return to their homes.  For those who are unable to for any reason, they may go to our Women’s Empowerment Center, one of our children’s Home, or to a home of a partnering organization."



"Our work with women's empowerment began with "Salt and Light," a program to give tailoring training to poor women through churches. We soon realized that more than simple training was needed to empower marginalized women to flourish in the male-dominated South Asian culture.  We have seen scores of poor village girls come to Kathmandu looking for work, and since there is almost nothing else available, the vast majority of them end up getting sucked into the Kathmandu Sex Industry, which has become the crucial link for trafficking girls to India. For this reason, poor women in Nepal are extremely vulnerable.

We have found that poor women in Nepal need essentially four things to be "empowered":
  1. Basic adult literacy
  2. General business training
  3. Specific skill training
  4. A loan
In 2010 the Women's Empowerment Center (WEC) was opened in Kathmandu, Nepal.  The aim is to provide poor and marginalized women, who are at-risk for sexual exploitation, both housing and the tools to become financially independent, while experiencing the love and support of a Christian community. 

Our goal is to divert at-risk women away from the inevitability of the sex trade. The WEC is a test, of sorts, in sustainability.  We hope to see women who are housed and successfully trained, earning wages, and paying rent, support a system that would allow new women to enter the home without the initial expectation of payment.  If successful, this model could be replicated on a larger scale.  We are currently in the process of observing and modifying the program to increase it's effectiveness."
To donate to Tiny Hands, visit tinyhandsinternational.org/donate and be sure to mention the Gila 100 as your campaign name!