While preventing trafficking and rescuing victims is a difficult job, restoration is harder. Already traumatized, trafficking victims are often treated as social outcasts and suspects even by family members.
By funding ZOE Children’s Homes in Thailand, ZFA is helping to restore survivors by providing them with protection, food, shelter, education and medical and emotional care. ZOE Children’s Homes has provided comprehensive aftercare services to more than 100 children and is designed to meet the specific needs of trafficking survivors. The Children’s Homes has several important principles that direct their work, including focusing on the strengths and attributes of survivors to increase self-esteem, respecting confidentiality and safety, fostering self-awareness and healing, building communities and articulating and realising personal goals. Residents live in a culturally sensitive environment, with mostly Thai caregivers and staff with extensive experience in working with survivors of trafficking and other forms of trauma.
After meeting basic needs, ZOE provides primary and secondary education and vocational training programs to prepare survivors for reintegration into society. Vocational training is directly linked to local market opportunities, and includes trades such as construction, office skills, and hospitality services.
ZOE also runs a transitional program for children 18 years and over while they complete high school or university education, vocational training, or obtain suitable employment. The program continues until each young person’s individual milestone has been reached. The program aims to move each person from dependence to independence by helping them to establish personal goals and keeping them accountable to achieve them.
The range of support services varies case-by-case with ZOE offering short- or long-term financial assistance to help young people achieve their goals.