“I felt like my life was ruined. I came to Rapha House with no hope for my future. When I heard staff members say my life was important to them no matter what others did to me, I wondered if it was true. Over time I heard other girls’ stories; they had experienced trauma like me. My heart began to come alive again and I knew that I mattered. Then I had ideas of what I could do to help girls who had bad things happen to them like I did. Now, I want to be a social worker so that I can find kids who need help before they have to be rescued like I was.” - Boonsiri
“I used to feel like I had to wear lots of makeup for guys to like me...I knew that I had to be careful to dress in ways they liked or else I wouldn’t have enough customers to buy food. I felt like my thoughts or feelings were not important. When I came to Rapha House they taught us in counseling that our feelings are always important. It took a long time, but I started to think that my ideas and opinions were important, no matter what other people had told me.
Now I think of how I can take care of myself. I put on clothes that I like and only wear makeup that I think makes me look beautiful. I want to be a cosmetologist so that I can teach girls that they can take care of themselves. I will tell them no matter what they want to wear or how they want to have their makeup, they will always be beautiful." - May
“I felt too embarrassed to go to school… I was so behind because I didn’t have any kind of education at the brothel. I didn’t think I was smart enough to catch up. I felt so uncomfortable because I had more trauma than my classmates. After I came to Rapha House, the staff provided extra tutors to help me catch up to my grade level. They told me I was smart and that they were proud of me. It was the first time I had ever heard that.
Two years later, I decided I wanted to be a teacher so I can help other girls learn. I want to encourage them if they are behind in school because of the bad things that happened to them. I will help them feel comfortable in the classroom and will tell them, ‘no matter what, they can always work hard to catch up and still be whoever they want to be when they grow up’”. - Kamon
“I know what it’s like to have someone say you’re not pretty enough. I used to believe that the way the men who would buy me talked to me was true; that I was not beautiful. When I came to Rapha House I doubted everything about myself. Everyone at the safe house told me over and over that I was beautiful and worthy of love. After living at the safe house this year and learning the truth about myself, now I know what it feels like to know you are always beautiful. That is why I want to be a designer so that I can make clothes to help girls feel beautiful and confident. And I will tell them that no matter what people may tell them, they will always have worth”. - Manee
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