Restoring Hope, Building a Future – Yangon

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Project Code: MMR-EDM-RHB-P01


Following on from a successful first project with our partner, this second project aims to reach, rescue and restore female victims of trafficking, specifically those trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation and forced marriage. Entrust will support 15 rescued victims through a program which will provide hope and restoration of dignity using trauma-informed care including art, music and dance therapy together with economic empowerment through a jewellery business. This project sees an additional aim to reach 10 young women and girls at high risk of being trafficked and supporting these girls with vocational training and access to empowerment and self-esteem training.


The red-light districts have become one of the primary trafficking hubs as young girls and women migrate to Yangon because of economic desperation. We like that the program takes 12 months to restore the girls as research shows that women who are returned too quickly to their families and communities without trauma counselling and support are at a high risk of being re-trafficked. We also value our partner’s commitment to continually build the capacity of local staff. We also appreciate that this project is self-funding 25%.


$27,500 – which represents 75% from Entrust and 25% from our partner. Support includes vocational training in jewellery-making, trauma counselling, personal development, a Welcome Pack, art, music and dance therapy, personal items and an emergency fund to support the family.


Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking), driven by a blend of social circumstances. These social, economic, political and environmental determinants shape how people live, grow and work, ultimately affecting people’s vulnerability to exploitation. Profit-driven criminal groups thrive on unfavorable determinants like poverty, indebtedness, illness, conflict and joblessness – which is exactly where our partners are working.


  • Young girls and women will be rescued from situations of trafficking
  • At-risk girls and women will be given a positive alternative to the lure of ‘jobs’ through trafficking
  • Women will be taught valuable skills in jewellery-making, together with personal development to restore dignity and provide a way to earn an income
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) symptoms will be reduced and there will be an increased sense of community through the program

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