Orphan Relief and Rescue is committed to transparency and ethical practices in all aspects of our work. We are dedicated to creating high-impact programs and applying every dollar with purpose and integrity.
Following the model of Jesus, we believe that every child is valuable. We are working hard to ensure that they are given a voice and hope for the future.
Programmatic activity has continued to thrive in Benin through intercepting children from trafficking and placing them in our feeding and school program, while their caregivers take part in our Micro-Finance Program. Our Anti-Trafficking Initiative continues to grow to over 1,992 direct beneficiaries.
In Liberia, Orphan Relief and Rescue joined in partnership with World Hope International to help run the Break the Silence program and to oversee the Anti-Trafficking and Abuse Hotline ORR is funding in the Ministry of Labor's office. World Hope receives a grant each month from ORR to run the program and employ our BTS Coordinators.
At Orphan Relief and Rescue, we work to overcome injustice in the areas of abuse, neglect, and trafficking for underserved children in Liberia and Benin, West Africa.
Orphan Relief and Rescue collaborates with local leaders to identify children at high risk of being trafficked and engage intentionally to prevent those children from being sold. Currently, 406 children are in our anti-trafficking program. They were either intercepted from trafficking or brought back from slavery-like conditions to be placed in our Intervention Program.
This program aims to removed barriers that guardians face in keeping their children home. Through providing food and the ability to pursue education, guardians have little motivation to sell their children.
To ensure the children receive food and proper schooling, ORR employs six cooks for food preparation and four drivers for distribution. Our Country Director facilitates purchasing school uniforms, shoes, and supplies for all the children in the program. The team regularly visit the schools to ensure proper care is given to the children, food is properly distributed, and that education is taking place.
Orphan Relief and Rescue works diligently to identify and bring back children who have been sold into a life of slavery. This year 79 children were brought back from slavery.
When possible these children are placed with their families and are re-enrolled in school and placed in our Intervention Program. If this is not possible for the child's safety, then the child is placed in Foster Care or Orphan Relief and Rescue's Safe Home. There are a total of 112 children rescued and living in our Safe Home or in Foster Care.
Many of the children who have come back from slavery are too old to return or begin school. Without an education, there is little hope for a future. With this in mind, our Micro-Finance Savings and Loan Program participants are training 326 apprentices in their various businesses.
These parents a small market entrepreneur who are changing the cycle of trafficking by creating a dynamic community that protects children and trains the next generation to provide for their families!
ORR directly addresses the issues of poverty by providing micro-loans, basic business training, and an introduction to the savings and loans program. These small loans do provide enough to sustain the necessities of life and allow parents to provide for their children and not sell them into slavery.
This year these programs were duplicated by team members and participants who started their own savings and loans groups. We now have a total of 1,024 men and women in this program. ORR staff provides oversight of these groups, but the participants have taken ownership to expand and replicate this program in surrounding communities.
Break the Silence Program:
ORR, in partnership with World Hope International, are using a child friendly tool (a flip chart) that imparts awareness raising, prevention education, and aftercare training. With this flip chart we raise children's awareness of their personal rights, as well as connect them to the resource of an anti-trafficking and abuse hotline number should they find themselves vulnerable to trafficking and/or exploitation.
This year, we have reached 13,511 children with this program. Children are no more vocal about exploitation and abuse. Our staff shares stories of children who no longer feel like victims and are thankful for the tools to stand up for themselves when abused or exploited.
Liberia's Only Anti-Trafficking/Sexual Abuse Prevention Hotline:
2,178 phone calls made to the hotline, which is funded by ORR, but hosted at the Ministry of Labor with World Hope International oversight and operational involvement. The hotline serves two significant roles:
- It is the only government-run anti-trafficking hotline in the nation and is a critical portion of the government’s strategic roadmap to combat human trafficking.
- The hotline provides abused victims with an outlet to get help from trained social workers and government officials.
Through the support of our generous donors in 2021/2022, we were able to keep children fed, expand our micro-finance program, and continue to overcome injustice for children in Liberia and Benin.
Our work is made possible through partnerships and your support. Thank you for making positive change possible!
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