What We Do
The Bridge to Freedom
Think of a bridge.
The work and purpose of Rapha House is like a bridge between slavery and freedom. The roadbed of this bridge contains four sections. At one end of the bridge is slavery. At the other, freedom. To cross the bridge all the sections of the road must be in place. Otherwise, you’d plummet to the deep and dangerous waters below.
To bring trafficked and exploited children to lasting freedom—sustainable freedom—four components are necessary:
- Equipping/Vocational Training
At Rapha House, we work with law enforcement authorities in our host countries in order to rescue trafficked and exploited children. We cooperate with recognized NGOs such as, World Hope International (WHI), International Justice Mission (IJM), and the International Organization of Migration (IOM), among others. Rescue is the first step to sustainable freedom.
Our safehouses are recognized in the regions where we work as among the premier facilities that help children. Children receive food, clothing, and shelter, as well as complete medical and dental care. Psychological and social services promote each child and her family’s well-being. And every girl receives general education, along with aggressive judicial advocacy, whenever possible. These types of programs and services are the second step to sustainable freedom.
It’s not enough to provide children with safehouses. They need to be adequately prepared both emotionally and vocationally for life outside residential care. That’s where our vocational training program comes in. We work hard to make sure that whenever a girl is ready to take the next step towards freedom she’ll have a solid footing upon which to stand. That’s the third step to sustainable freedom.
Who would want to cross a bridge if the final section were missing? This is why reintegration is so important. It’s one thing to rescue a girl and quite another to keep her safe and equip her for her future. But if we cannot deliver her to the shores of freedom, then we have failed to do our job. We work hard to help girls set foot on the solid ground of freedom. And it’s people like you who make that possible.
Rapha House is:
Rapha House is a public benefit 501©3 nonprofit committed to ending the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children. Founded in 2003, our proven and acclaimed approach has saved children from these horrors while leading them to sustainable freedom. Our prevention programs emphasize education and spiritual transformation which paves the way to real opportunity and lasting freedom.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.
Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT