Witness the testimonies of the lives impacted through our programs and the support of those all around the world.
The story of a child born into a brothel with little hope of escape. Today he dreams of becoming an artist when he grows up. Witness a destiny being changed and hope restored.
Asha* was 5 years old and lived in a village in Nepal. In 2015 the earth shook and she curled up in a corner of her mud house as the walls came crashing down.
After the earthquake, she was dug out of the rubble to discover her entire immediate family dead.
Her extended family planned on sending her to a brothel in South Asia to work with her aunt. She had a future where she would earn well as a child sex worker. She would start by living in the same 8x10 room where her aunt serviced customers. She would have to buy alcohol and cigarettes for the men who visited her aunt. She would watch and learn.
The Changing Destiny team and our partners met her aunt in the brothels and offered Asha a life of dignity in our school. Her aunt agreed to send Asha to us with the hope that she would grow up and get a good job as a teacher. She would live a life of dignity and maybe one day help her aunt leave the sex trade.
Chaya* was brought to one of Asia's largest red-light districts as a child. She was raped repeatedly until she became numb to pain and to freedom.
Chaya had to service customers from 2:00pm until late into the night. She was often beaten and had to work even when pregnant. On most days it was more than 20 customers. She earned so that she could pay off the debt incurred from her trafficker aunt. She also sent money back home.
Chaya graduated with a certificate for the first time in her life. She has finished a basic course in beauty training. She is now looking forward to attending the advanced course. She will leave the brothel and live in a safe house.
She dreams of opening her own salon one day.
We believe English education has the power to break the cycle of injustice and lack of opportunity in a family’s life and give a child a chance in the ever-growing, modern South Asia and world.
Therefore, we educate our children in a high-quality, English-medium school. One where English is the primary language used during instruction.
Our school provides:
In addition, we provide on-campus, safe-housing; known as a hostel. This includes:
We strongly believe in working together to make a difference. It takes many voices to speak into one person’s life. We welcome teams, especially with international persons, to love on our children, to teach them new things, to give our children exposure to the “outside” world, and to practice their English-speaking.
We understand that the child will have a decision to make once they graduate. Will they return to the life they saw when they were a little child? Or, do they take everything they have been given, a changed destiny, and go change other destinies? Our dream is that through their years at our school and home, these children will take prominent jobs in society and change the world for the good. We are committed to their safety even as they transition into a dignified profession in the real world.
“When I grow up, I want to be a doctor so that I can help other people like the doctor did for my mom.” – Student, grade 6
On any given night the babies of sex workers are exposed to an unimaginable amount of atrocities and dangers. Often these little ones are physically and verbally abused, drugged to keep quiet through the night, left to wander the streets alone, or left lying next to their mother as she takes in client after client. These children are some of the most vulnerable.
In partnership with a trusted organization, we have started a night shelter for these precious babies under the age of five. This night care provides:
Having this night care shelter also provides the opportunity to connect with more women in the red-light areas. The more women we connect with allows us to hear more of their needs and desires and hopefully provide a solution to change their destiny.
We are in no way in support of what these women do every night. However, we care for the child who is otherwise left alone in their most vulnerable state. We care for the child that is forgotten. We care for the child that did not choose this life.
Our hope is that through this night care and through the relationships built, the mothers will want to send their children to our residential school.
We believe vocational training can ignite forgotten dreams and give the opportunity for a bright future with a dignified career. One injustice we work with is human trafficking and sexual slavery. Many women are stuck in this trade because of illegal debt, while many others are stuck because of their limited, to no, education. Vocational training empowers these women to fight for their future. They too have a right to education.
Our beauty program launched in response to many women’s interest in this skill. They spoke, we listened. They dreamed, we responded.
This training includes: