It is hard to believe that one year ago today Macy and I took off on our big adventure, Project 800. What an amazing experience! Not only a personal challenge, to walk the 800 kms, but an incredible opportunity to bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking and raise money for a Canadian shelter for young victims of this crime. It seems fitting that one year later we are announcing Daughter Project Girls Home, Peterborough, ON. A safe home for young girls age 12 to 17 who have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation. A live-in facility with 24/7 care and wrap around services. A girl will stay for 6 to 12 month with the aim to restore her to family or the best long term care possible.
After months of trying to move things forward in the Greater Toronto Area, we were captured by an article in the Peterborough newspaper about the problem of child sex trafficking in that part of the province. We know there is a crisis of lack of shelter care for all victims, but particularly the young. After much thought and consideration we have chosen the city of Peterborough as the location of our first Canadian shelter. Within the first few weeks of this decision, things began to move forward in a greater way than in all the months of trying to move things forward in the GTA. We are on the right track.
Currently we are working to finalize a location and we are moving right along in the licensing process. As you can imagine the cost to open and operate this home is not small. We estimate our opening costs upwards around the $500,000 mark and the general yearly operating costs well over $500,000. We cannot do this alone. That is why we are asking everyone to be part of the story.
So many of you have financially supported Daughter Projects in the past. Thanks you! This has allowed us to continue our work of bringing awareness and grow our prevention model. Now that we are moving into the shelter part of our model, we are asking everyone to consider how they can help. Would you consider giving a donation to Daughter Project Girls Home Peterborough? Many can give a small amount and some can give a large amount a few can give very large amounts. It is all needed and greatly appreciated. We cannot do this alone, but together we can write a beautiful story as we provide a safe home for precious young girl’s who desperately need one.
Thanks for your support!