Early childhood development breaks the cycle of poverty
Studies show that early childhood development programs are the single most effective tool in combating poverty. giveDIGNITY mentors young mothers through pregnancy and the first three years of their child’s life in order to promote healthy attachment and development. Home visits and group workshops provide early childhood stimulation, ideas for homemade toys made out of recyclables, and inspiration for mothers to raise their children in a way that affirms their worth.
Girls are less vulnerable to trafficking when they know their worth
The Princess Club is a 15-week bible study focused on intervention with girls aged 8-12 at risk for human trafficking. They learn about their true identity as a daughter of the King, what that means for how they should be treated, and what that means for how they should treat others. Key themes are the meaning of true love, the power of our words, staying safe, and the freedom of forgiveness. Graduation day is a "day of beauty" to celebrate these precious princesses!
Children who know about boundaries for their bodies are less susceptible to abuse
The safety fair is a fun carnival-type event birthed by partner ministry LightForce International, a sex trafficking prevention initiative. Games, crafts, face painting, and a goofy-costume photo booth help take the discomfort out of talking about our bodies, who can touch them, and how. By the end, children have memorized 4 key messages about their bodies and know where/how to get help if they are being abused.