Our goal is to make villages, communities, and settlements safe for children and women. Whether they are graduates from our programs, sexually trafficked, or those vulnerable to victimization of forced sex, children and women have the right to live safely. A safety net formed by their community leaders and family can provide protection.
Graduates leave Homes of Hope to reintegrate into communities and families. We want these communities to take action to be safe and to break the cycles and stigmas of forced sex. Our community team conducts family conferences and helps the communities create their own action plans to receive graduates in a welcoming and positive manner.
Homes of Hope uses field tested tool-kits to empower a community to build a Safety Net to protect children and women in their settlements and villages. The objectives of the tool-kits are to teach: risk indicators and push/pull factors of sexual exploitation; trauma-informed care; prevention of sexual abuse to children; prevention of gender-based violence; and best practices for restorative care.
Homes of Hope works in hotspot communities in collaboration with the Fiji Civil Society Taskforce. The community team works with government officers, traditional leaders, and faith groups to build new paradigms of respect, equality of gender, and opportunities for power sharing.
The South Pacific has an extremely high incidence of violence against women. Sexual violence is common; over one-third of the women of any age reported that their first sexual contact was forced. We and our networked stakeholders report terrible sexual abuse at a very young age among our clients - as young as three months old.
Community leaders must attack the issues at the root to see cultural changes. Homes of Hope stands with communities to see that these paradigm changes offer safer settlements and villages.