Protect Orphans From Human Trafficking in Eastern Europe
BRIDGE TO LIFE HOMES PROTECT ORPHANS FROM HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Bridge To Life Homes are families that love and care for abused and neglected children in Eastern Europe.
Orphans are easy prey for sex and slave traffickers. According to Amnesty International, young women and girls, often vulnerable because of economic deprivation or for having already been physically abused, are easy targets. They dream of a better life, which the traffickers promise when they offer them ‘work’ in the West. Instead of getting a proper job, the women and girls find themselves trapped, enslaved, and forced into the sex industry.
Trafficked women and girls are exposed to a series of human rights abuses, including abduction, deprivation of liberty and denial of freedom of movement, torture and ill treatment, including psychological threats, beatings and rape. To escape their devastating life, suicide is unfortunately the only option some of these children feel is available to them.
Our model in Ukraine takes a whole life approach. A three-tiered model has been developed to nurture children in a Christian family environment, preparing them to be world changers. Support and training at the institutional level (local state orphanages), rescue and prevention after graduation and preparation for independent living are all part of a comprehensive plan to give opportunities that otherwise would not exist. This eliminates the possibility of traffickers gaining access to these young people.
SMILE HOUSE – BRIDGE TO LIFE HOME
When did this project begin?
MANNA Worldwide was gifted ownership of this 8,000 sq. ft. house (shell) in January 2009. Construction on the interior and exterior began March 2009 and was completed in March of 2013.
Who are the house parents?
Vladimir and Nadin Rezmer are the Smile House parents. They have moved into the Smile House and are expecting children to begin moving in by the end of May 2013.
How many children do you expect to care for?
This home will care for approximately 20 children and three sets of house parents. These children will be provided housing, food, clothing, medical, and school expenses along with a positive family dynamic that they know little of.
Current Project: The government of Ukraine has invited Vladimir Rezmer to assist them in building and opening more family homes for orphans in the region.
What impact could you have if money was not a barrier?
Annually, 10,000-15,000 orphans “age out” of state institutions, many with no place to live, no job, and no responsible adult to look after them. The majority of them end up as “castaway children” living on the street, in jail, or victims of human trafficking. There is so much more that can be done!
What is your most pressing need?
With the Smile House complete, we are moving on to build many more houses in the country of Ukraine.
We also need regular monthly support for operational costs. Each child living at Smile House will be provided housing, food, clothing, medical, school expenses and much more for $300 per month. That’s $10.00 a day.
SMILE HOUSE WORK PROGRESSION