WE ASSIST MINORS AFFECTED 

 BY HUMAN TRAFFICKING 

 TO REBUILD A NORMAL LIFE 

 AND A FUTURE IN FREEDOM  

THE PROBLEM

The lack of opportunities constantly causes rescued victims to fall back again into the traps of human trafficking

ABOUT US

The "Ajayu Project" is part of "Red Kawsay", a group of women and men, members of religious communities of the Catholic Church in Perú, engaged in fighting human trafficking and assisting victims. 

As part of the civil society, we  offer missing complementary services to minor victims residing in a shelter run by the government. We offer workshops in a safe house, a place to share, as well as tools for dealing with emotional trauma and building hope for a better future. 

Our organisation works in Puno, the third region in incidence for human trafficking in Peru. Due to safety reasons the exact location will not be available on the website.

 
 

WHAT WE DO

1400

registred cases of human trafficking in 2017 in Peru

1%

has access to government programs that assure successful reintegration to society 

13-17

more than 57% of the victims are 13-17 years old

  • Providing tools to deal with the painful effects of human trafficking 

    After suffering human trafficking, especially in case of sexual exploitation, victims tend to dissociate from their emotions and body perception. They do so as a mechanism of self-protection. Commonly we observe aggression against themselves and others. Therefore, our activities focus on coming in touch and communicating feelings.  The contact with animals like dogs, alpakas and horses proved to be a tool that is much appreciated by the girls.

  • Offering a space to develop the sense of autonomy

    Human trafficking reduces a human being to the condition of slavery, which is the loss of personal freedom and autonomy.  The location of our farm in an open landscape close to lake Titicaca, provides an alternative to the closed housing of the shelter the girls are living in, which, on the other hand, is necessary for security reasons. At the same time, since we are not part of the institutional framework of the shelter, the relationship with us and the workshops we offer, allow a larger range of experiencing personal autonomy. ​

  • Combining playfulness and reflection 

    Walking with the girls, we are frequently surprised in a positive way: in spite of the traumatic situations they went through, we are witnesses to their many personal resources. The girls show resilience, they have many interests we are able to build on, they are open to new ways of reflecting upon themselves and communicating their discoveries. In our workshops we are attentive to combine playfulness with thoughtful reflection. 

Our activities

Regularly we invite the girls to our farm to spend an entire day with us. In order to guarantee both security and coordination with the professionals that are responsible for them in the shelter, two or three members of the staff are actively participating. Our workshops follow a sequence of contents that include elements related to art, encounter with animals and connecting with nature. 

 

For example,  by relating to horses the girls  gain confidence: horses are animals that impress with their size, but are also extremely sensitive to the emotional state of the persons that surround them. By observing their reactions, the girls are invited to reflect on their own process of growth.  Confidence is a key resource to overcome the mental state of being a victim. 

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THE STORY OF CLARA

  • Clara (fake name)

  • 16 years old

Clara was born in Juliaca, Perú. She has two sisters and a brother. Her father left her mother shortly after giving birth to her last baby.  Having suffered continuously violence and abandonment in her home, she starts living on the streets from age 14 on. By a false offer to work in a restaurant, she was lured into sexual exploitation in the mining town of La Rinconada. There she has been exposed to drugs and infected by sexually transmitted diseases.

 

After various months of suffering exploitation, Clara was finally rescued by a police intervention and brought to the shelter for girls in Puno under the responsibility of the Peruvian Government.

 

All through 2018 she participated in the workshops we offer in our house as a complementary service to the psychological support and the reintegration to schooling that the shelter is providing. Clara is doing fine so far: her next goal is to start a training in a technical career and find a job soon. Will she also be able to retake the contact with her family and start a process of reconciliation? In any case, she can count on us if she decides to undertake this important step.  

 

OUR FUTURE PLANS

Certainly there are shortcomings in the Government shelters and their service of protection and reintegration of minor victims of human trafficking in Peru. But the real problem starts once the girls turn 18 and have to leave the shelters being now legally adults. Since most of them do not count with a trustworthy family support, the temptation to fall back into sexual exploitation is very strong. 

This is why, within the next year, we plan to open a safe house in the framework of a therapeutic community for the girls who turn 18 and whose process of reintegration and education in not yet concluded.  Our network "Red Kawsay" already counts with similar initiatives in other parts of our country that proved to be successful. In the region of Puno we will be the first to offer such a initiative which hopefully serves as a model for the Government.

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 DONATION WILL HELP TO 

 REBUILD THE LIVES OF 

 BRAVE YOUNG WOMEN. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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How can I cancel my monthly donation?

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For any problem or special needs please contact us.

OUR TEAM

Fray Vicente Imhof

Manager

Estela Condado

Professional consultant and counsellor

​Inga Fornal

General assistance

 

CONTACT

We are located in Puno district, duo to safety reasons, the exact location won't be available on the website.

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