Project #192 | Life-Saving Food and Medical Care for Survivors of Trafficking
Our partnership with Willow International
One Day’s Wages partnered with Willow International to intervene immediately on the health impacts that are still ongoing due to the COVID-19 pandemic with survivors of human trafficking. Survivors of trafficking are among the largest group of individuals who are living with homelessness, which is an environment that places individuals at higher risk for both contracting COVID-19 and likelihood to experience the negative health outcomes due to many of them having compromised immune systems. The survivors were immediately provided with food, water, medical, and other necessary resources for their livelihood during the peak of the pandemic in Rwanda. Willow international also provided resources to two local shelters who safely housed survivors of human trafficking. In addition, survivors were provided with equitable and accessible counseling online and via phone. The mental health of individuals has longstanding impacts on the health of the individual as a whole, making provision of mental health care as part of emergency relief a critical aspect to this intervention.
Our collective impact
Coverage of rent and food
People accessing counseling
Days of food, water, and medical resources provided to 2 shelters
*Due to the confidentiality of work, Willow International & One Days Wages cannot share names and photos of survivors. Names have been changed and photos of shareable content is provided*
Rachel is a single mother of three young children who also acts as the primary caregiver to her mother who is HIV positive. Rachel is a survivor of human trafficking and thanks to the support of Willow International’s aftercare shelter program she was able to transition back into her community. Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, Rachel was very anxious about how she would be able to provide for her family because she was not able to work, leaving their family without adequate resources to pay their 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
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.