When Valeria Lopez heard about girls who were being sexually exploited in the city of Granada she knew that she had to do something to help them. This led her to start Casa Rahab (Rahab’s House), a Christian centre where girls who have been, or are at risk of being, involved in the sex trade can get the help they need.
Valeria and her team seek to break the cycle of sexual exploitation by rebuilding trust, self-esteem and a stable emotional balance in the lives of girls under the age of 18. They provide all of the girls, who are referred to them by the police or local authorities, with a programme of therapy, education and vocational skills in a safe, Christian environment.
When the girls first arrive at Casa Rahab they are interviewed by the team’s psychologist, who designs an individual programme of therapy to help them recover from the trauma they have been through. A social worker helps them with any problems they are having with their schools and families, even offering parenting classes and therapy to their families.
The girls are taught life skills, such as how to take care of a home and how to cook healthy meals, as well as receiving help with their homework or being taught how to read and write. In order to help the girls find an alternative source of income to support themselves they are given vocational education.
SIFT supports the vital work of Casa Rahab by funding the salary of the team’s psychologist and the sewing teacher. If you would like to contribute towards this project, you can either send us a cheque or make an one-off or regular online donation.