New Project! Re-training for Teenage Sex Trade Workers

Vulnerable Children Society is thrilled to announce our newest project, which will help some of the most vulnerable girls in Ethiopia: The Teenage Sex Trade Worker Re-Training Program in Addis Ababa.

Vulnerable Children Society is financing a holistic program run by Hope for Children in Ethiopia, an indigenous Ethiopian NGO, to support and reemploy teenage girls. These girls were victimized by the sex trade, and worked in deplorable conditions, often in an indentured situation. The teenage girls, on average fifteen years old, have experienced a life no child should.

This practical, caring program enables extremely vulnerable teenage girls to stand on their own feet, and be self-sufficient outside of the sex trade.

Starting November 1st, Vulnerable Children Society is supporting ten young women for a year-long program. In Hope for Children’s care, they are receiving rent and food, counseling, and vocational training. The training program is for ten girls that stay together as a cohort, so the girls can bond and learn to trust each other. They learn three trades: sewing, cooking and hair styling. These are highly employable, entry level jobs in Ethiopia. Their training also includes life skills development, health and sanitation, and adult basic literacy. Some of the girls are also recipients of small business loans and training, so that they can be self-employed.

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One of the best parts about the program is that Hope for Children tries to reconnect the girls with their families, where possible and beneficial. Between family reunification and reemployment in a different industry, this program has a fantastic 95% success rate.

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Vulnerable Children Society directors Tawnya and Arnica visited with girls and boys in Hope for Children in Ethiopia’s programs in May 2013. (You can read more on the visit here.) the girls featured in the photo are actually from a very similar program for formerly indentured wood carriers. This project is a trial to see how a relationship with Hope for Children works, and was financed through existing project funds.

If you would like to support projects like this, and enable another cohort of girls to go though the program, please consider making a one-time donation to Vulnerable Children Society’s project fund.

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