Peace and Hope’s Valeria Lopez founded Casa Rahab (Rahab’s House), a Christian centre where girls who have been, or are at risk of being, involved in the sex trade can get the help they need.

Valeria and her team seek to break the cycle of sexual exploitation by rebuilding trust, self-esteem and a stable emotional balance in the lives of girls under the age of 18. They provide all of the girls, who are referred to them by the police or local authorities, with a programme of therapy, education and vocational skills in a safe, Christian environment.

When the girls first arrive at Casa Rahab they are interviewed by the team’s psychologist, who designs an individual programme of therapy to help them recover from the trauma they have been through. A social worker helps them with any problems they are having with their schools and families, even offering parenting classes and therapy to their families.

The girls are taught life skills, such as how to take care of a home and how to cook healthy meals, as well as receiving help with their homework or being taught how to read and write. In order to help the girls find an alternative source of income to support themselves they are given vocational education.

The centre takes around 10 girls – some as young as 9. They all come from poor, uneducated families, and often they are at risk in their own homes. They appear strikingly young, as a generalisation, and generally come with a range of medical, mental and social problems.  We know that we’re addressing a small part of a massive global issue, but we do feel we’re making some headway.

We cannot readily publish pictures of the girls, for safeguarding reasons. We do monitor their progress and receive periodic reports and pictures from Casa Rahab…we just can’t publish them.

We cannot readily publish pictures of the girls, for safeguarding reasons. We do monitor their progress and receive periodic reports and pictures from Casa Rahab…we just can’t publish them.

Thank You,  Stephen Ind CEO.

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