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- The Undercover Sisters of MQHM
|Imagine a group of nuns going undercover, walking the streets at night rescuing women and children in the world of sex trafficking. This is what the nuns of MQHM do every night...|
This is but one of the missions in the Philippines, rescuing women and children who are victims of sex trafficking from the streets and bringing them to our Home of Love or My Bonita Home for Girls. The Philippines unfortunately rank 4th in the world with children sold into sex trade. Averaging 15 years and some as young as 8, girls are forced into five to ten sexual encounters nightly. Most are drugged by their handlers so they can endure the horror and then many become dependent on narcotics. As a respite for the victims of sex trafficking, the Home of Love offers shelter, rehabilitation, and childcare for those with children, while providing hope, love and dignity towards a well deserving life of happiness.
The objective is to facilitate the transition period to their rehabilitation by physically providing an environment that is conducive to reformation, until such a time that they can stand on their own. When walking the streets, the Sisters travel in pairs, not dressed in habits.
One will go into a bar and offer love and a listening ear to the young women who may need someone to turn to, while the other acts as a lookout. If the nuns have befriended an underage girl who wants to escape, prior arrangements are made with an orphanage where the child can receive a new home and education.
We are constantly seeking sponsors to pay bar fines of 800 pesos to remove a sex worker from a bar. While it sounds like risky business so far there has been no harm against us. We fight sex trafficking in a non-violent way.
In the past 14 years we have seen hundreds of victims rehabilitated, educated and reunited with their communities as they pursue productive lives. In a study over a three-year period, we retained 93% of our residents who managed to turn their lives around while in our care. $100 per month is required to provide for each resident.
In 2005 the Home of Love was established to shelter 25 women and children at one time, then increased to 50. The Home of Love is expanding to accommodate over 100 victims at any one given time and is in dire need of assistance to sustain the care and responsibility for the girls.
EDUCATION AND REHABILITATION PROGRAMS
MQHM offers scholarships to women who choose to finish their formal education. To this end, we have established the MQHM Scholarship devoted to deserving and promising women to enable them to attain diplomas and certificates that allow them to pursue professional careers, if they so choose.
Rehabilitation is key in helping our residents and former victims of sex trafficking who have resolved to seek an alternative livelihood. Our Center trains its teachers in premier training institutions, who in turn train our girls in the arts of cooking/catering, baking, sewing, candle making, etc.
By upgrading and enhancing their skills in many different areas, these young women become valuable assets in their communities as well as regain pride and self-worth. Upon completion of their training courses, we seek out government and private employers who may provide initial on-the-job training for long term employment. Sports and recreational activities are regularly planned to support a well-rounded daily curriculum.
A Gainfully-employed MQHM Graduate
MONITORING AFTER OUR GIRLS LEAVE US
A monitoring system was designed by MQHM in close consultation with professionals and the victims themselves, to encourage former women and children clients to keep in touch with each other and our Center for continued support. We periodically visit each of them to observe the impact of our Center’s services on their lives and to simply provide encouragement and moral support for their new direction in life. Monitoring is continued until such time that MQHM has been satisfied the former residents have been fully integrated as productive members of society. Each of God’s children deserves our love and help.
Children of Rescued Women
CHILD CARE PROGRAM
They address needs of children who might also have experienced various levels of trauma and medical problems associated with the sex trade. We also encourage volunteers from schools, universities, hospitals and other professionals who wish to respond to the needs of women and children in crisis situations.
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Be Safe and God Bless.
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