The girls and staff at Sarah’s House were honored to receive a personal visit on November 18 from Bintang Puspayoga, the Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister (MoWECP) of Indonesia. Accompanied by her Deputy Minister team, Minister Puspayoga took time to talk with the Sarah’s House staff about the challenges faced in providing long-term aftercare for survivors of sex trafficking. The girls in residence also had a chance to talk with her about their experience at Sarah’s House. She encouraged them to complete their programs at the shelter, and gave them each a small gift.
We are incredibly grateful for this visit. With the Minister herself visiting our work in North Sulawesi, we have good reason to believe that this will open doors for increased partnerships on a national level. We are hopeful that this visit of our work also signals that the Minister, and by extension the central government of Indonesia, sees anti-trafficking in Indonesia as a national priority.
Thank you for sharing in this encouraging news with the entire Compassion First team!