“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”Margaret Mead
Village Focus International leads the fight against human trafficking in Laos, and supports 4 local organizations in Cambodia to do the same. The program started in 2004 and is called ‘Protection & Empowerment of Women and Children’ or PEWC. Find out some more about the program through this page and the links.
In Laos, VFI has a comprehensive program:
Finally, VFI addresses causal factors of trafficking (poverty, land loss, food insecurity), through an innovative social enterprise initiative, seeking to equip survivors and vulnerable young women with skills to enhance livelihood opportunity and income.
VFI operates two drop-in centers for temporarily accommodation for trafficking survivors in Pakse (one for females, one for males), as well as a transit house at Vang Tao-Chong Mek immigration checkpoint in southern Laos.
Poverty and lack of economic opportunities make women and children potential victims of human trafficking. They are vulnerable to false promises of jobs in other countries, especially Thailand.
Home of Dreams
Home of Dreams is VFI’s Shelter in Pakse (Champasak Province), the most southern city in Laos. It serves the 5 southern provinces and is linked to the national protection system for trafficking survivors and migrants ‘pushed-back’ to Laos from Thailand. Have a look at ‘The Shelter At a Glance’ for stories of survival and ways to help. Don't forget to bring a visit to the Home of Dreams page. The links you will find beneath.
Dream Weaver Shop
Dream Weaver is VFI’s shop that empowers survivors of trafficking. The fundamental issue faced by most trafficking survivors is a lack of income and opportunity for themselves and their families. VFI’s social enterprise actions aim to mitigate this obstacle through training, small grants and links to market, starting with our Dream Weaver shop.
How can you help?
VFI’s central aim is to invest in local leaders to create change in their own countries and villages. Our local team in Laos is recognized as a national leader in the fight against human trafficking, but continue to need your support in the form of money or fundraising, volunteer expertise, and links to individuals, companies, family foundations and other organizations.
Interested? Have a look at:
- Program Brochure (Protection and Empowerment of Women & Children - Program)
- Brochure Shelter At A Glance, including stories of survival
- Home of Dreams: VFI’s Shelter in Pakse, Champasak Province
- Prevention: action at the village level and with the government
- The annual Angkor Wat Bike4Kids event (website)