THIMLELA-STREAM

Sex Trafficking Responses through Educational research, Accompaniment and Mentorship

Our Vision

To re-enhance and restore the dignity, self-worth and confidence of sexually exploited women (18-30 years old).

Our Mission

Through research, education, pastoral accompaniment and mentorship, Thimlela-STREAM as a faith-based initiative will provide residential support to women disadvantaged by sex trafficking by means of healing accompaniment using Healing Together (HT) manual and collective resilience-building and healing process with healing companions and community awareness to enable lasting reintegration into communities.

STREAM Aims are

1. Creation of community-based movements of survivors of trafficking as healing companions, and trained facilitators for Healing Together (HT) of traumatic memories.

2. Mobilization and training of community-based researchers, educators, advocates, and mentors to reduce current incidences, and in the long-term, prevent sex trafficking and other exploitations.

3. Promotion of faith-based partnerships and networks at local, regional and international levels working together for healing and wholeness of survivors of trafficking and other exploitations

4. Working towards attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3,4,5,8,13,16 and 17 from a faith-based critical analysis.

Objectives (short-term and long-term)

(a) Build survivors shelter on the 8 hectares of land secured in Mzimba in close collaboration with the Department of Social Services and partners committed to the restoration of the dignity of women survivors of sexual exploitation.

(b) Recruit and train facilitators from local communities and regional zones;

(c) Receive survivors of trafficking and other gender-based exploitations as identified and recommended by the Department of Social Services and the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime (UNODC) and accompany them using Healing Together (HT) manual and process together with provision of health care, legal, skills training for social and economic independence;

(d) Mobilise teams of community researchers and advocates to raise community awareness of trafficking and other exploitations in their local communities.

(e) Organise community education sessions with HT teams in order to build local capacity to sensitize and strategize towards prevention of such exploitations;

(f) Create partnerships between communities and research institutions with the Healing Together teams that will build capacity for mentorship of survivors.

(g) Locally, identify faith groups, recruit and train them as allies with HT teams.

(h) Link local allies with regional and international initiatives to create critical mass of advocacy towards conscientization to counteract trafficking exploitations by perpetrators and collaborators

(i) Work with Ministry of Gender, MNAT, CITIP, CONGOMA and other national/state bodies and partners on set targets of the SDGs in the areas of trafficking in persons to monitor and assess achievements.

Intended Outcomes

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