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.
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 617 direct beneficiaries.
In Liberia, Our Break the Silence Program is effective in training 8,000+ children to know their rights and how to get help from sexual and physical abuse, as well as train 155 caregivers and government officials in anti-abuse training. In partnership with the Liberian government, ORR funds the only anti-trafficking/sexual abuse prevention hotline for the country.
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.
Our Country Director has developed partnerships, improved efficiency, professionalism, programmatic reach, and quality of effectiveness in significant ways.
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 255 were intercepted from trafficking and placed in our Intervention Project, which 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.
Orphan Relief and Rescue works diligently to identify and bring back children who have been sold into a life of slavery. When possible these children are placed with their families and are re-enrolled in school and placed in our Intervention Project. 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 71 children rescued and living in our Safe Home or in Foster Care.
16 of the children who have been rescued from slavery are too old to return or begin school. Without an education, there is little hope for a future, so ORR offers apprenticeships in electrical, mechanics, sewing, tailoring, or hair dressing and are also provided two meals a day. Two young women graduated from their apprenticeships this year.
Orphan Relief and Rescue directly addresses the issues of poverty, providing 230 caregivers with the opportunity to improve their situation through provision of micro-loans, basic business training, and 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.
Break the Silence Program:
In partnership with the Liberian government and NGO’s, the Break the Silence Program uses a child friendly tool (a flip chart) that imparts awareness raising, prevention education, and aftercare training. With this flip chart, ORR has currently taught 7,943 children to be aware 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. The tool also acts as a deterrent to would be perpetrators.
Anti-Abuse Training Workshop:
ORR training workshops gives trainees a practical tool to teach children about their value, rights, the dangers of sexual abuse and trafficking, and a means to get help. The partners trained in these workshops will continue to help us grow the number of implementations and children reached with the Flipchart.
- 126 Implementors trained, with a reach of 1,297 children
- 29 Workshop Trainers trained, with a reach of 3,336 children
Liberia’s Only Anti-Trafficking/Sexual Abuse Prevention Hotline:
2,551 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.
The 2018/2019 year saw ORR grow in the number of children we impacted through expanding to new partnerships that help us 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!