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... Vince and Vicki Welch, in partnership with local churches and Tanzanian nationals, provide a home in which to live, 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.