Moshi, Tanzania like many cities is home to a red-light district where women and children fall prey every day to sex trade industry. Having been likened to modern day slavery, its victims are dehumanized; no longer regarded as persons they are treated as objects to be bought and sold, forced into prostitution, and subjected to extreme violence.
In developing countries such as Tanzania, women especially get trapped in this vicious cycle often as a last resort in attempts to make a better life for themselves and their children. Once involved, to return “home” is no longer a place of safety and it doesn’t take long for women trapped in this industry to lose all self-worth. For such women, dreams of ever being free, of having a career or a normal life, are hopeless and fleeting.
But there is HOPE... The Welch family in partnership with local churches and Tanzanian nationals provides a home in which to live and has established a place of safety and refuge for women and their children who want to leave the sex trade industry. These women are desperate for a way out. The Binti Project offers that which seems out of reach for women in this industry: a new beginning and a place to call home. We are a house of hope. By providing food, water, shelter, clothing, medical care and job training, The Binti Project offers these women the basic necessities of a “normal life” that we so often take for granted, while reminding them of their dignity as persons.
Our mission is to reach, restore, and rehabilitate women working in the sex-trade industry through biblical, educational, and vocational training.
Two of the main components of the Binti Project are street ministry and a residential program. The street ministry involves, but is not limited to evangelism, outreach dinners, prayer, healing, and building relationships.
Street ministry looks a little something like this: we, along with a few of our staff, go out to the red-light district after 8pm and begin to walk the streets and approach ladies who are willing to give us their time. We listen to them and in return share the love of the Father. They are invited to receive prayer and to know Jesus. We also tell them about The Binti Project and ask them to consider living at the Binti House. The ladies unable or not ready to participate in the residential program are connected to a trusted local church. Relationships are built with these ladies as we visit the streets, praying they will be able to join us some day.
The second aspect of the project is a 24/7 residential program. When women come to us with children, the infants and children through age 5 are welcomed into the home. Children 5 years or older are helped with school fees, uniforms, school supplies, and medical care. We believe in being whole - body, soul and spirit, so a holistic approach is taken in the home to assist the ladies in becoming healed and complete. Here’s an overview of what we do for each area of their life:
Physical: medical care, healthy eating, exercise, recreational activities, field trips, games
Financial: budgeting, saving, Binti Bucks (earn as you go stipend) for personal needs and special treats
Relational: connecting with mentors, getting established in a local church
Vocational/Educational: Life skills, discipleship and bible classes, sewing classes, hands on agricultural training which includes gardening, goat, rabbit and chicken farming. Cooking and baking classes, jewelry making, rug making, soap and candle making, English language classes.
Regardless if we have these beautiful ladies for 1 minute, 1 day, 1 month, or 1 year, our heart is that they come to know themselves as daughters of God - valuable and loved.