Monday, April 4, 2011

Love146



Basic Information:
Founded in 2002
Registered public charity in the UK
501c3 non-profit organization in US
Prevention and Aftercare no rescue
International human rights organization

Contact Info:
USA OFFICE: P.O. Box 8266 New Haven, CT
(203) 772 4420

Vision: The abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation. Nothing less.

Mission: Abolition and Restoration! We combat child sex slavery & exploitation with the unexpected and restore survivors with excellence.
Love146 works toward the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation through Prevention and Aftercare solutions while contributing to a growing abolition movement.
 

Explanation on Faith Based: Love146 believes partnerships across religious, political, social and cultural boundaries are vital in working towards the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation. Although Love146 is not legally classified as a faith-based organization, the co-founders of Love146 are inspired by their Christian faith as are many of our staff. We readily embrace people of different faith expressions as we unite in the vision of the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation

No Child Sponsorship: Because in the past, survivors of child sex slavery and exploitation have had a price (or value) put on them, we are hesitant to do the same. We do have program where you can support our Round Safehome for $25 a month. This monthly giving provides children with safe housing, therapy, nutrition, medical care, education and something every child has a right to, a home full of love and care.

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Certificate Training In Aftercare (CTPA):  Love146 runs a two-week intensive training for grassroots caregivers already working with rescued children. The CTPA seeks to empower caregivers with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to provide children with specialized care in the restoration of survivors. The program provides a certified qualification through an on-site training course and post course evaluation.

Since Love146 began CTPA trainings 2,500 children have been indirectly impacted. This year 300 of the 2,500 children were indirectly impacted.

Round House: The approach to running the home is attuned to the needs of the exploited and traumatized child, which include both the needs of ordinary children as well as children who have been wounded in many ways, lack hope, are broken, lack opportunities and self-worth.
Built with some whimsy in mind, the building is aesthetically colorful as a child would have decorated it and therapy sessions are held in a tree house.  It is a place where lives are restored and broken children can just simply be children again.
-          Rounded literally- no sharp edges- prevent child from harming themselves- elimination of possible tools of suicide- no high ceiling, access to roof, sharp objects
-          Three children per room
-          Conducting school inside the home for those who cannot got to regular school
-          The main activity area in the Home is the center in order to enable the children to feel a sense of belonging and community and not leave any child feeling isolated or left out in a far corner of the building, and also to provide equal access to resources inside of the home.
-          Everyone is responsible for the home’s cleanliness and orderliness.
-          The Play Therapy Room is the heart of the aftercare of the children: the children must work through their emotions inside here. The materials allow for the re-creation of the child’s experiences- by using art materials, elements and toys.  Also they can express themselves with space- two chairs facing each other for when the child wants to talk to a therapist or a large open box for when the child wants to hide and be by their self- space allows children to communicate without verbally doing so.
-          Disciplinary measures do not use the withdrawal of food or another that is necessary for the well-being of the child as a punishment.
-          Physical punishment or any harmful contact with the child’s body is prohibited.
-          All the children in the home are of the same gender
-          10 regions of the Philippines





Reintegration Research: The first phase of the research was done in 11 areas of a Philippines island, where the trafficking of children is a big problem. The study used the exploratory research design to gather the perceptions of the sampled 67 children who are traffic survivors, 16 parents, 9 NGOs, 2 government organizations, and 5 government authorities.
The question that gathered the respondent’s perception of indicators of successful reintegration was asked in three ways, which were answered by three different subgroups of respondents: 1.What do you think are the factors that contribute to a successful reintegration of a trafficked child with his/her family or the community where he/she came from?; 2. Do you know of any child who has been trafficked but was later reunited with his/her family? What are the needs of the child that were or were not given?; 3. Think of a child who has been successfully reunited with his/her family. Why do you say that the reunion is successful?

Overview 2009-2010 Program: 24 children have been directly impacted since the inception of this program. This year 10 of the 24 children were directly impacted. Four significant milestones were achieved with the involvement of Love146; 9 girls were reintegrated with their families and supported with livelihood, 2 girls began college (one pursuing Nursing, the other Hotels and Restaurants Management), the pioneering an intensive reintegration program and the completion of two phases of reintegration research. There were 75 community members who were involved in the project this year

US: U.S. Advocacy initiatives range from organizing and participating in national conferences, engaging and collaborating with existing anti-trafficking councils and legislative taskforces, and initiating specific action points to address both the demand and effects of CSEC in the United States.
This year approximately 75-100 people were impacted by the grant Love146 gave to the Dreamcatcher Foundation in Chicago IL. In addition, Love146 provided a grant to “Tell Your Friends” which served approximately 500 young people.

Finances:
$310,000 yearly to run the Round House
$30,000 yearly to run the Training programs
$10,000 Reintegration Research
$115,000 Prevention

75% programs and 15% management and 10% fund raising in 2008

Funding:
Individuals, foundations and faith communities
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