In Russia, orphans “graduate” from the orphanage at the tender age of 15 or 16 and are forced to make their way in world for which they are ill-equipped. On the day they leave the orphange, they become critically vulnerable. In fact:
- 70% of girls enter the sex trade
- 40% become drug users
- 40% commit crimes
- 15% commit suicide
HopeChest has provided care and support for over 4,000 orphans in western Russia for nearly 16 years. Our programs serve children living in orphanages and teens who have left the orphanage. All HopeChest programs serve to lay the groundwork for future success in fulfillment of our mission: That every orphan has the right to know God, experience the blessing of a family, and have the opportunity to develop independent living skills. Amongst the older orphans we serve are teenage girls who find themselves pregnant and alone.
Read More about the Young Mother’s Program.
Moldova is a small country in Eastern Europe nestled between Ukraine and Romania. The poorest country in Europe, over 30 percent of Moldovan children are social orphans—children of parents who have lost parental rights and are now cared for in state orphanages or living on the streets. Given the lack of employment opportunity within the country, the majority of Moldovans leave the country illegally to find work in other countries. Given these dyanmics, trafficking rings in Moldova now export tens of thousands of children into the global sex trade each year. Experts estimate that nearly half of all Moldovans working outside the country (300,000) are victims of human trafficking or illegal migration.
As we launch ministry in Moldova, HopeChest is partnering with national leaders involved directly in the prevention of sex trafficking, and the critical aftercare/reintegration needed for survivors of sex slavery. You can help restore victims of sex trafficking through the Beginning of Life Safehouse by providing:
- Safe living conditions in a transitional living facility
- Therapy, counseling, and relationships with caring Christian professionals
- Food, clothing, and medical care
- 24-hour supervision
Up to 6 girls will live in the transition home and receive services, although the home has capacity for 12 if the current office is renovated into living quarters. Depending on the level of abuse and violence they have experienced, the program ranges anywhere from 3-12 months.
Read More about the Beginning of Life Safehouse Ministry.