Children are processing the instability of our world and that can be especially difficult for survivors of child trafficking. But we are there with them, finding therapeutic messages during this global crisis that will help the children to persevere in their healing journey.
Love146 operates two safe homes in the Philippines. Both share the same philosophical approach, acutely attuned to the safety and unique needs of each individual child.
We help children achieve their full potential through counseling, education, caring for animals, tending to gardens, and learning music. Our survivor care in the Philippines is thoughtfully designed to facilitate every aspect of holistic health. A treehouse is used for therapy sessions. A volleyball court is available to play on. There’s a punching bag to work out aggression; gardening and raising farm animals generate food and promote reflection. The space provides a sense of peace, freedom, and dignity, as well as playfulness.
Children are kept safe physically and psychologically. They are provided with hope, healing, and restoration, and allowed to grow and develop, release their potentials, and realize their worth.
Our first home in the Philippines, the Round Home, was built in 2008. It is physically and metaphorically rounded, reflecting the child’s journey as a full circle — liberated from their traumas and sufferings, and able to become a valued and productive member of society.
We employ patience and creativity in dealing with hurting children: regular counseling and listening, activities to release their energy, lessons in art and music, constant praise for good behavior and talent, affirmation of their potential for good, and love, love, love, and more love. These are all working together to help the children realize that they can have a new purpose in life.
The Love146 model and philosophy of survivor care in the Philippines are based on insights into the survivor’s lives and trauma.
We started providing services and support to victims of child trafficking in the Philippines because it is a horrifically common occurrence there. Children were being trafficked and exploited on the streets, taken or sold to brothels, or purchased by customers in local hotels.
In the last few years, we’ve witnessed a disturbing new trend: “Very young Filipino children are coerced to perform sex acts for live internet broadcast to paying foreigners; this typically … is facilitated increasingly by victims’ close family relatives” (as described in the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report issued by the U.S. Department of State). Increasingly, many of the children in our care have emerged from online child sexual exploitation (OCSE).