Homes of Hope operates a 40-acre campus twenty minutes from the Fijian capital city and regional hub, Suva. In the two dormitories and five independent ‘bures’, the campus supports a capacity of 45 girls, young mothers, and their children. We offer many services: residential dormitories, kitchen & dining hall, library, trauma informed counseling and care, transportation, legal help, medical care, soft skill training, life skill training, and an early childhood school for their children where they are taught about safe and unsafe touch, basic literacy and numeracy.
Each survivor is empowered and equipped so that they may find financial independence. To achieve this, we have training labs for sewing, cooking, and baking. Our farm lab teaches the girls about livestock, organic vegetable gardening, and orchards using sustainable techniques that they can take home wit home when they exit the campus.
The campus also has accommodation to host in-house replication training for regional participants.
Perhaps the greatest service we offer is the sense of family, relationships, belonging for each survivor.
Young single mothers and girls who are surviving victims of forced sex, especially those who are severely abused, are rescued and placed in a safe, comforting shelter at our long-term residential campus where they find a sense of belonging.
Girls under the age of 18 years come to Homes of Hope through placement by the Fiji Department of Social Welfare, and others through networked stakeholders or word-of-mouth. A typical length of stay is 21 months, but can extend as long as 3 years. Most girls are between 15-17 years old; our target ages are 26 years old and below; yet, our youngest victim was 3 months old.
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Through holistic interventions and direct care, shame and hopelessness are replaced by each survivor finding joy, skills, strength, meaning, and purpose for their lives.
Survivors are provided with case management in which each person determines her own pathway to lead towards a fulfilling, healthy, safe future and fresh start. Trauma healing is provided for by utilizing: focus groups; Bible lessons; various trauma therapies; family atmosphere; gained confidence through learned skills; and individual counseling.
From the first day a survivor enters the Homes of Hope campus, reintegration begins as our Social Service Team develops a relationship with the girl’s family and community. From there, Homes of Hope takes a collaborative approach to enhance the community safety net by involving families, community leadership, civil society, and government agencies to create a paradigm of freedom and a life of safety from forced sex.
As well, Homes of Hope is part of a task force made up of various civil, non-governmental and faith-based organizations to combine efforts for further reach and strength as we combat sex trafficking and forced sex within communities nation-wide, ensuring a safe landing for a reintegrated survivor.