Shared Hope International provides business mentorship, financial support and technical assistance to local organizations around the world to support the development of programs that offer holistic, long-term care to vulnerable and exploited women and children.
Complete and healthy healing is only possible through restoration, not rescue alone. That is why our programs are integrated into the outreach efforts of local restoration centers or survivor-led shelters. Through these partnerships we successfully remove women and children from sexual exploitation and provide restorative programs. Each of these programs offers a survivor-informed model of care focused on counseling, empowerment, and healing. The programs address both immediate and long-term needs including safe shelter, medical and mental health care, spiritual renewal, education, life skills, job training, and vocational programs.
Through our strategic, hands-on support and funding, local organizations are able to respond to trafficking in their community by providing the following programs or services:
Our innovative training curriculum, Intervene: Identifying and Responding to America’s Prostituted Youth is being implemented in our U.S. based programs to increase accurate identification and improve effective response. Intervene uses strength-based, trauma-informed identification and intervention techniques appropriate for adolescent victims of sex trafficking to help prevent unidentified or misidentified victimization. Once identified, our partners ensure that survivors of sex trafficking are connected to supportive, holistic care, either within in the program or through service referrals.
We are committed to providing holistic, long-term, survivor-informed care for victims of sex trafficking by supporting residential facilities where residents have access to medical and mental health care, education, job training and economic development programs. Shared Hope has built and continues to support Villages or Homes of Hope in Fiji, Nepal, India, and Jamaica which offer safe communities of refuge and restoration to rescued victims of sexual slavery and their children. In other locations, such as South Africa, we have funded the opening of a restoration facility that has become self-sustaining. In the United States, we partner with local organizations to offer an array of services, in addition to shelter, giving victims of domestic minor sex trafficking the resources, love, safety, and shelter they need for complete restoration.
HIV/AIDS Clinic, Mobile Clinic
A mobile clinic brings medicine and food into the heart of the brothel district, reaching those who are not free to leave. The mobile clinic provides contact with hundreds of women and children in Mumbai’s red light district each month, offering compassion, counseling and vital medications along with the offer of refuge for those who wish to flee the sex industry. A stationary clinic near the brothel area provides daily treatment for women infected with HIV to receive proper testing, medicine and nutrition. It is the only area clinic offering free assistance and treatment.
The Women’s Investment Network Training Program
Created by Shared Hope, the Women’s Investment Network (WIN) provides women the opportunity to engage in hands-on vocational training, leadership development and job skills courses so they can meet the demands of the competitive global market and achieve financial independence. Providing victims with the skills and means of creating their own economic sustainability helps remove the risk of re-victimization. Today, our successful WIN program is active in Fiji, Nepal, India, Jamaica and the United States. International training programs include cosmetology, jewelry-making, bakeries, print services, tailoring and leather-making. Our domestic training program, operating in Washington state, is a nine-month program that focuses on computer and administrative skills. Click here to learn more about or apply for the domestic WIN program.