I came to the SHE Rescue Home in 2017 when I was 11 years old after being sexually exploited. My exploitation occurred while my family was homeless resulting in me being extremely vulnerable. I used to beg near the markets and local men would sit with me and watch pornography (this is a common grooming method for pedophiles). I bravely testified at my court case and the foreign perpetrators have been prosecuted.
My mother used to gather recyclable garbage for a minimal wage and my father has cognitive and substance abuse problems. They live in a tent near one of the local markets. My social worker is actively working with an NGO that supports the homeless to explore potential options and investigate if a more stable and safe living situation can be achieved.
In October 2017 Pisey* ran away from our care while she was at school along with her older sister Danet* and her younger sister Maden*. Following their runaway, we learned that they were back in the care of their mother who was homeless. Concerned for their well being, we contacted a partner organization, DoSAVY, who shared with us they would run a thorough assessment of the sisters living situation with her mother in order to determine if it was dangerous or could be made suitable. While it was not as ideal as having them in our care, we made an agreement with DoSAVY in order to take the sisters on as a client within our Community Based Care Program; a program designed for survivors who may remain in the care of their families, but still demand services in social work, counseling, and general support. Through this program we have ensured Danet*, Pisey* and Maden* were safe, monitor their progress, and came alongside them and their mother to bring strength and sustainability in the ways we’re able to. Sinath, the girls social worker from our care, has remained on the case and was working closely with the mother and family to ensure there are steps taken towards financial health so the family may move from the streets into a rented room.
We have recently found out that their mother was arrested and is now in jail. Despite this, they have stable housing now as found by our Community Care Program.