AFESIP

Country : Laos
Type : Economic Development, Human Protection

AFESIP is a French non-governmental organisation that began its activities at grass-root level in Cambodia in 1996 before establishing missions in Vietnam and Thailand and then Laos in 2006.

Rapidly overtaking the trafficking of drugs and arms as the chosen market for organised crime in Southeast Asia, the trafficking of human beings has now become the third most profitable criminal industry.

Lao children and women live in one of the poorest countries in the world and the poorest in Southeast Asia; they are particularly vulnerable to the false promises of traffickers.

What do they do?

AFESIP works to care for and secure the rights of those victimized by human trafficking and sex slavery, successfully rehabilitate and reintegrate victims into mainstream society through financial independence in a sustainable and innovative manner.

AFESIP helps fight trafficking in Laos in a number of ways:

Through outreach activities

The social work team together with peer educators regularly visit women in the entertainment districts, transportation areas (such as bus stations and boat piers) and in villages at risk. The objectives of these activities are to offer information on the risks and routes in order to prevent trafficking and sexual exploitation while distributing hygiene materials.

Trough rehabilitation

AFESIP runs two shelters, one in Vientiane and one in Savannakhet, which not only respond to the needs of sex trafficking victims by offering a safe refuge and psychological support, but also teach them the necessary skills to make a living.

Trough reintegration

After the rehabilitation process, AFESIP supports the reintegration of victims into their communities through sustainable income generating activities. In order to facilitate the process, AFESIP provides a ‘business starting kit’ (stock for micro-business) to utilise as a source for income generating activities to avoid involvement in trafficking a second time.

Through advocacy and legal activities

AFESIP also enlarges its activities and focuses on legal support for the victims and the development of an advocacy strategy to raise awareness on Human Trafficking and Commercial and Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).

EXO Foundation support

The increasing sex industry in Laos is a very serious problem with the growth in tourism fuelling its demand. Combatting exploitation of women in the sex industry is a very difficult area of work as many women feel they have no other options or are tempted by allure of easy money, not grasping the ultimate consequences this may have on their lives.

The EXO Foundation donated US$1,500 through 2013 Team Dai bike challenge and fund raising event.

How can you help?

AFESIP is the only organisation in Laos providing this type of exclusive support for victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, making its work particularly important.

We strongly call for your support to this important cause that gives back dignity and security to these victims of human greed and sexual exploitation.

Your donations directly benefit their needs:

We guarantee that this project will receive 100% of all donations made via EXO Foundation, as we cover all money transfer expenses. If you decide to give directly to the organisation, we ask that you please inform us so we can acknowledge your generosity on our Facebook page and in our annual report, and measure the effectiveness of our work to support valuable projects in the region.

US$ 10           two months of counselling and psychological services for one person or one month of health care for one person.
US$ 25           one month of materials for a woman to learn sewing, hairdressing, weaving, computer training, English, life skills, small business management and agriculture.
US$ 55           three nutritious meals a day for one person for one month.
US$ 135        all services and provisions for one person for one month, including accommodation, recreational activities, clothing, training, health care.
US$ 1 270     complete training and reintegration of one person into their community plus follow up support.

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