I began going on Outreach with Starfish Project after the birth of my second child. He was four months old and fast asleep in the baby carrier on my chest when I walked into my first brothel.
As a nursing mom, I hadn’t really questioned bringing him with me; he went where I went. What had surprised me was that every woman I met that day was a mom. Most of the women had left their children in their villages when coming to the city for work. This is culturally normal in our region of Asia, yet not easy for any mom. They were so delighted to interact with a baby again and share about their own children. We swapped your typical mom stories, laughed about other people’s unsolicited parenting advice and glowed with pride as we looked at photos on our phones.
A year later, after coming on with Starfish Project as our Outreach Director, I had the humbling experience of seeing two of these moms take the incredibly brave steps to leave the brothel and hope for more, not just for themselves, but for their children. Almost every woman who comes out of exploitation represents a family, a child, the next generation that will experience restoration and new levels of freedom! That’s incredible!
Through your purchases and support we can offer courses in healthy communication, marriage, child rearing and offer educational grants to help with the high cost of education in the city and reunite families! Your purchases transform lives for generations.
Thank you for supporting the women, moms and families of Starfish Project. Thank you for restoring hope.
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