Why do we want to restore vulnerable women?
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” – Isaiah 61:1
Globally, 30% of women have experienced gender-based violence.*
In South Africa, although most incidents of GBV go unreported, it is plain that violence of this sort is extremely prevalent. The number of people human-trafficked in South Africa more than doubled in 2021/22**. The country is a significant source, transit route, and destination for people being trafficked.
*United Nations Office For The Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs. https://www.unocha.org/story/gender-based-violence-closer-look-numbers
** ‘Trafficking in Persons’ annual report https://www.state.gov/reports/2022-trafficking-in-persons-report/
The Red Light programme specifically addresses sex-trafficking survivors through integrated responses to these vulnerable beneficiaries.
Outreach takes on numerous forms: night-outreach with local partners; community prayer walks; community-mapping to ascertain accurately the needs of the survivors’ needs, what community-based services and resources are available, and what the gaps in survivor-support are.
This aspect of our programme is on hold for the moment.
The in-patient programme provides a safe ‘home’ for survivors. Most caught in substance addiction enrol in Project Exodus’ Rehabilitation Programme. The out-patient programme allows survivors to continue their recovery process in the familiarity of their own communities.
“Othandweni” (”Place of Love”) is the programme’s safe house where staff with specialised training in recovery processes, the running of vulnerable women shelters and various gender-based violence issues, work together with independent social workers and therapy teams.
As most of the beneficiaries have never known any other form of earning an income except plying their trade on the streets, they are prepared to move into productive secure futures through career guidance and skills training. Family-reunification is a crucial focus of the programme as relationships are often broken when a woman has been drawn into the sex trade.
Opportunities to serve as part of the #DominoEffect
The Domino Foundation Red Light Programme is dependent on individual and corporate financial donors and volunteers, who can support in a number of ways:
Imperative to have teams who can pray for the beneficiaries contact email@example.com or could you host a coffee morning in your home or office to create awareness around the risks and dynamics around Human Trafficking
Perhaps you have skills to help with skills development needs, or are you competent with social media to raise awareness of our work, or perhaps keen to do a ‘Needs List Collection Drive’ at your office, school or sports club contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You could partner financially, sign up as a monthly R250 direct debit donor, give a once-off gift via EFT/Credit Card/PayPal, or choose Red Light as your CSI partner or Fundraising Event beneficiary – contact email@example.com
Current Safe House Needs
2 Potato peelers
Large pot for steaming bread
Drinking glasses or durable plastic
5 free standing fans
Large serving jug
Clothing line or durable clothes horse
Adult colouring books
SWIMArm bands for kids
Swimming goggles and snorkels
Building blocks for kids
Plastic table and chairs for kids feeding station
Flotation device to aid with swimming lessons
To make this donation please contact Natalie on firstname.lastname@example.org
Our programme reaches out to sex workers and vulnerable groups in areas of high prostitution and exploitation. Through the Night Lights Initiative, our desire is to love and build sustainable relationships with the ladies and identify and assist sex-trafficking victims. Vulnerable and exploited individuals are identified and assessed and are referred into our restoration programme.
At the heart of our restoration programme is the desire to see individuals restored to health and wholeness, regain hope and dignity and to walk with purpose and a destiny. This is achieved through individualised rehabilitation programmes and extensive individual and group therapy. Our drop-in centre provides a safe and loving environment for physical, emotional and spiritual support.
Release survivors into economic freedom and reintegrate into society. We work through tailor-made courses to allow beneficiaries to leave the programme with the skills, knowledge, practical tools and community support to follow sustainable employment opportunities.
At the center of all sexual exploitation are broken, vulnerable, helpless, hurt and angry people and it is in this carnal cavity that we feel called to partner with hope and other organisations to restore dignity and freedom through the following activities:
Networking & Partnerships
We recognise, value and believe in the power of partnership and networks to end human-trafficking. Our Red Light Programme is the KZN representative of the National Freedom Network (NFN) which is dedicated to supporting Anti-Human Trafficking initiatives around KZN. We are also a part of the HHPPB taskforce which has been established combat Human Trafficking with local government and organisations.
The Healing Journey
In order to ensure that the programme remains relevant and effective, we evaluate and monitor the programme for consistent impact.
The following Life Story Guide is used to provide a basic outline of how the beneficiaries can map out their life stories. They are encouraged to start at the beginning as far back as they can remember for each year of their life:
Articles from our Blog
Thuli's StoryPoverty’s sticky clutches and the search for ‘well-paying’ work pushed Thuli into sex trafficking. But with Red Light’s helps these days are behind her and she’s committed to creating a new life for family. View Full StoryThuli
A Story of HopeWith the help of Red Light Hope has taken back control of her life - her identity is no longer stained by the past and her shame of her former life has been replaced with dignity and skills. View Full Story >>Hope