Project #192 | Life-Saving Food and Medical Care for Survivors of Trafficking
Our partnership with Willow International
Willow International’s work to end human trafficking is centered in Uganda, where the government has issued a strict shelter-in-place order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The borders have been closed, public and private transportation has been banned, and all non-essential businesses have been shut down. While effectively working to hamper the spread of COVID-19, a tragic outcome of the shelter-in-place order is a drastic economic impact on the country’s most vulnerable – specifically survivors of human trafficking. Willow International currently operates three residential shelters and a robust community-based care program that provide aftercare services to a total of 167 survivors of human trafficking, plus direct support to 61 of their young children. In addition, they have a network of hundreds of survivors who have graduated from our aftercare programs.
Our partnership with Willow International has given Willow graduates and survivors in their care access to food, medical care, and other essentials that they are lacking due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Willow has provide three months of food, water, supplies, and medicine for each of their three shelters to support 37 survivors that remain in the shelters during the government lockdown. In addition, 189 survivors who shelter-in-place outside of the safe home were supported by the emergency fund. In total 377 beneficiaries received emergency rent and food assistance through financial assistance packages and one safe home nurse was provided with PPE.
Our collective impact
Total Survivors Supported
People Given Medical Assistance
Direct Dependents of Survivors Supported
Rachel* is a participant who transitioned from Willow International’s aftercare shelter program back into the community. She is a single mother of three young children and also cares for her mother who is HIV positive. During the COVID-19 period, Rachel was very anxious about how she would be able to provide for her family because she was not able to work and pay for rent and food. Willow International was able to provide rent assistance for three months, as well as monthly emergency assistance since April. Her case manager also provided continual emotional and psychosocial support over the phone. Rachel conveyed that she is grateful for the financial and emotional support she received throughout this challenging time.
*name changed to protect privacy
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
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