House of Refuge..that’s the name, and that is what it really is for 29 girls, aged 6 and up, who live there. These girls have been sexually abused, usually within their families and communities. In House of Refuge’s 4 homes, surrounded by a caring, loving environment, they are able to receive both physical and emotional healing. With God’s help, their shattered lives are healed; they are able to continue with their education or learn a profession.
Real L.I.F.E. story:
Wan* was supposed to die. She had been sold to be a human sacrifice to a village seeking gold. That sounds awful, and it is, but her story is even sadder than that. At age 8, her brother-in-law forced her to come and look after his children. Wan knew he wasn’t a nice man from her sister, who had been forced into marriage with him. It wasn’t very long before he raped her. And not too long after that, he sold her to a village who believed a human sacrifice would help them find gold. Thanks to a brave man who rescued Wan, she ended up, broken and afraid, on the doorstep of Baan Phak Phing (House of Refuge). Healing doesn’t come right away to one whose been wounded so deeply. Trust has to come first. After days, weeks, months of love, prayer and tender care at Baan Phak Phing, Wan began to blossom. To speak. To live. She knows she is safe now. She’s found refuge and hope. That’s what L.I.F.E. is all about. (*not real name)
- Sponsor a child (2 sponsers per child): $300 US/year
- Support the staff (2 sponsers per child): $120 US/month/person