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Hope Risen Foundation Malawi


Safe house for sex trafficking survivors

Malawi has 18.6 million inhabitants making it one of the most densely populated countries in Africa, and also one of the poorest countries in the world due to the vast majority of its population being employed in agricultural work and 40% living in extreme poverty. The vulnerability of the Malawian people living in poverty unfortunately makes them highly susceptible to human trafficking. Malawi is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and sexual exploitation.  

Hope Risen Foundation Malawi (HRF) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated in the fight against the scourge of human trafficking and exploitation. They are doing this through prevention and awareness initiatives carried out alongside direct interventions of rescue, restoration and reintegration of survivors of human trafficking. HRF plans to complement their ongoing preventive efforts for human trafficking by establishing a safe home for survivors. It will be the first of its kind in the city of Mzuzu. Although initial efforts will focus on young women who are survivors of sex trafficking, HRF plans to act as a safe haven for all genders and forms of human trafficking in the years to come. The decision to focus on young women is informed by the alarming prevalence and rampant nature of sex trafficking, which disproportionately affects women and girls.

We are partnering with Hope Risen Foundation Malawi to conduct rescue operations, establish short-term transitional housing, and provide mental and emotional support for young women between the ages of 15 and 25 who are being sex trafficked in the Northern Region of Malawi.

Your tax-deductible donations would help to provide safe housing, 24/7 security, food, toiletries, mental health therapy, medical attention, and access to vocational programs.

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Patience Phiri (Executive Director of Hope Risen Foundation Malawi)

Patience Phiri studied BA International Relations with the University of South Africa. He also holds a postgraduate certificate in Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention from Florida State University. He has attended various short courses, workshops and webinars on Human Trafficking and Exploitation. He is a Scholar Member of Global Association of Human Trafficking Scholars (GAHTS) at the University of Toledo and a Human Trafficking Ambassador for Florida State University. He was also a part of the 2022 Africa Civic Engagement (ACEA) supported by the United States Government and University of Georgia.  

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