Trafficking of humans is considered one of the fastest growing criminal activities in the world today. Too often we have the mindset that this issue will only ever occur "somewhere else," when in fact it is happening right here at home. Because much of these events goes unreported, statistics are hard to collect. Some NGO's, based on reported incidents, estimate that 10,000 Canadians are trafficked domestically each year.
The best measures of protection and defence against these atrocities, are locally driven efforts beginning in homes, schools, and communities. These efforts have taken the form of Daughter Project Clubs, to foster our first initiative, prevention. These girls empowerment clubs focus on raising awareness and building self-worth, with the end goal of helping each girl to reach her full potential.
With as little as three volunteers, you can make a difference. Whether you're a school teacher looking to start a lunch-hour girls club, a stay at home mom running an after school program, or a university student filling a Saturday, there is really no limit to what a DP club can look like. With your unique community and personal creativity, the possibilities are endless. We can provide you with a curriculum to follow, as well as training and full support along the way.
What is your dream for the girls in your community?
Is your community aware of the risks girls face?
How would a Girls Empowerment Club impact your community?
Who else do you know that would join you in starting a club?
What space would be available in the community? (Community Centre, Library, Common Space, Church, School, Home)
The Daughter Project Girls Home (DPGH) will be a group home serving commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) in Ontario. The DPGH is a 24/7 live-in facility which provides intervention and treatment services to girls ranging between 11-17 years old that have been identified as CSEC. The DPGH will provide CSEC informed trauma care and wraparound services to its youth residents, including physical and mental health assessments, screenings, and access to treatment, nutrition, creative arts, yoga, and spiritual therapies, recreation, academic tutoring, girl’s empowerment programs, and CSEC-specific programs.
We are currently working to finalize location, licensing, and finances. Our hope is to open DPGH Peterborough as soon as possible. Stay tuned for updates on our blog.
We believe that long-term alternative care for at-risk and abandoned children is best practiced within the family, not an institution.Trafficking of humans is considered one of the fastest growing criminal activities in the world today. Too often we have the mindset that this issue will only ever occur "somewhere else," when in fact it is happening right here at home. Because much of these events goes unreported, statistics are hard to collect. Some NGO's, based on reported incidents, estimate that 10,000 Canadians are trafficked domestically each year.
Our model is supported by numerous studies indicating that family care, in lieu of institutional care, provides the best possible outcomes for children with respect to their psychological development and social and economic success. Our shelter homes accommodate children caught in vulnerable situations. Each child’s physical and psychological needs are met before being restored back with their families or placed in long-term family care.