Supporting mothers and children through education, economic empowerment, and case-managed care.

East Java, Indonesia

 

Thousands of sarcophagi span more than seventeen acres, and among the graves, you will find some of the most beautiful and precious women and children in the world.

Many are victims of abuse, sexual exploitation, and trafficking. Some are disabled, orphaned, ill, or widowed, and all of their situations are informed by severe poverty. Women here turn to what they see as their only choice, selling themselves for sex. As the daylight fades, they tuck their children into bed and line the rows of sarcophagi offering themselves for as little as 7,000 Indonesian rupiah—approximately $0.75 USD.

The children growing up in this community face incredible vulnerability factors that are nearly impossible to overcome on their own. Deceived by the promise of money and protection, young boys are lured into drug dealing, and young girls are often preyed upon by traffickers within the region.

What began as a flurry of compassion, has grown into a beautiful exchange of love. We operate two community centers on cemetery grounds run by Indonesian staff and volunteers. These buildings are constantly bustling with women and children. Through love and sincere friendship, we are watching hope and life sprout in the lives of these families.

  • safe place to play and learn.

  • Skills training and micro-loans for mothers

  • Weekly parenting classes and family counseling

  • Case-managed care and resources for mothers and children

Partnering with Children and Teens

The children in this community are strong, resilient, smart, beautiful, and motivated. They drive our program forward by sharing their interests and dreams with us. It’s a privilege to follow their lead and watch as dreams become reality.

Educational Sponsorships

Education is power, and these kids are world-changers. Many parents in this community are unable to afford tuition or school supplies. A few years ago, we sent twenty kids to school for the very first time. This program continues to expand as we serve more families.

Skills Training, Tutoring, and Mentorship

We offer a wide range of classes and activities for children and teens from 0-18 years old. Volunteers and staff lead classes in entrepreneurship, English, public speaking, soccer, cooking, and more. Young children and babies often come to the center for a safe place to play and be cared for during the day.

Partnering with mothers

Our community centers offer a variety of opportunities and resources for women. Parenting classes, entrepreneurship training, cooking, sewing, and English classes have taken off! We are amazed by their determination, resilience, and confidence as they rebuild their futures and imagine the possibilities for themselves and their families. Your support allows us to walk alongside these women, and continue to be their cheerleaders, advocates, and friends.

Skills Training

A group of mothers took sewing classes at our community center and have successfully launched their own online clothing line called “Ruth’s Collection”. The business is growing rapidly, and mothers are training each other and adding new products monthly. We can tell, this story is only beginning.

Micro-loans

We offered a micro-loan to Karmila so that she could open a rice shop in her community. Four years later, her business is stronger than ever, and so is she.

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