Project #177|Livelihood Support for Trafficking Survivors in Uganda
Our partnership with Willow International
The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report states that Uganda is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Uganda is a country with massive unemployment and few economic opportunities, particularly for less-educated girls living in rural areas. Traffickers often prey upon this financial desperation and entice young people to leave their families with false promises of lucrative jobs, either in the country’s urban centers or abroad. As a result, trafficking rates in Uganda are among the highest in the world.
One Day’s Wages has partnered with Willow International to provide economic empowerment to women who survived the horrors of human trafficking. After rescue and therapeutic care, education and a stable income are the most important factors if a survivor is to break the cycle of commercial exploitation. Willow’s Educational/Vocational Training and Livelihood Support Program provides women with education or vocational training to develop self-sufficiency, economic independence, and stability. Survivors are enrolled in vocational skills training programs based on their interests and skill sets. For example, if a survivor wanted to start a business, she is provided with entrepreneurship training, support to develop a business plan, and start-up capital. Willow also provided scholarships for formal education for those who wished to continue their schooling.
Our collective impact
Survivors Given Vocational Training
Survivors Enrolled in Formal Education
After being trafficked to Oman for Sexual and labor exploitation, Megan* thought it was end of the world for her. Even after her rescue, she felt the survivor stigma and suffered from depression. When she joined Willow, she received counseling that enabled her to build resilience, self-realization and restore her self-esteem. Megan was later enrolled in vocational skills training for hair dressing in which she attained a certificate. Upon completion of her training, she was provided start-up capital which she used to open up a salon. Megan’s salon has expanded to include a training center where she teaches hair styling to members of her community.
*Pseudonym used to protect survivor’s identity
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.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our human trafficking fund.