Our goal is to make villages, communities, and settlements safe for girls. Whether they are graduates from our programs, sexually trafficked, or those vulnerable to victimization, a girl or young mother has the right to live safely. A safety net formed by her 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 cycles and stigmas of forced sex. Our community teams conduct family conferences, help the community make action steps, and receive graduates in a welcoming and positive manner.
Homes of Hope uses five field tested toolkits to empower a community to build a Safety Net to protect girls in their settlements and villages. The objectives of the toolkits teach: risk indicators of sexual exploitation, best practices of trauma-informed parenting, prevention of sexual abuse to children, good principles of parenting, and prevention of gender-based violence.
Homes of Hope also has selected, with the help of government statistics, hotspot communities. 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 a high incidence of violence against women. Sexual violence is common; over on-third of the woman 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. 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 means safer settlements and villages.