“When trafficked children have been empowered to fight by caring for others, when they are involved in the restoration of other victims, when they personally experience that they can also do something — then that is true restoration.”
— Dr. Gundelina Velazco, Love146 Director of Asia Aftercare
Earlier this year, we started a feeding center in the heart of a community in the Philippines where child slavery was thriving. While the response from children and families in the community has been encouraging, we never could have imagined the response from the girls in our Round Home.
As Dr. Gundelina Velazco shares, this has been another opportunity the girls in the Round Home have seized — being not just liberated, but liberators in the fight against child trafficking. There is a deeply rooted hunger for justice and emancipation that can only come out of personal struggle.
“The Round Home girls get upset over the young ones’ accounts of their experiences with pedophiles. They said they want to help and fight in any way they can to stop this from happening to other children.
The girls help the younger children with education, hygiene, chores, character and spiritual formation. The Round Home girls tutor the young ones. They help them wash their clothes, they teach them good manners and they give them emotional support and affirmation that it is possible for them to have a brighter future.”
Survivor care is not just about mending wounds, but also about empowering future agents of liberation. For many who are recovering from exploitation, including the girls in Love146’s Round Home, healing includes fighting for freedom in the lives of others too. In this way, they experience justice, emancipation and love.
Thank you for fighting alongside
children this holiday season!