Empowering Sex Survivors

you are ot alone

This project provides short-term room and board for nine to twelve months as well as emergency healthcare, counseling, advocacy, and financial aid to girls and women survivors of sex trafficking in Kigali, Rwanda.

The young girls and women who have been victimized by sex traffickers are extremely vulnerable and at risk of re-traumatization because of their horrific experience. They exhibit symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder including depression and anxiety, poor self esteem, withdrawn behavior, promiscuity, habit disorders and rejection. By enrolling  in Esther's Aid’s  training and Entrepreneurship Programs, these women and girls are empowered by dignity and self confidence in their new skills and abilities to seek employment. We mentor them and encourage them to support each other as they engage in cooperative and entrepreneurial activities. The ultimate goal is to guide them as they transition from their past lives of abuse and victimization to achieving stability and independence.



Survival Stories

liliane uwamahoro

quotes open   My name is Liliane Uwamahoro. I was raped by an adult man, at the age of 12. I was in Primary Four (P4). I couldn’t go to school again that year because I was very sick and I was spending most of the time in the hospital. It was the saddest thing that ever happened to me, I didn’t know what to do. My friends hated me for that and my mom too. I was becoming useless to her and to myself as well. To be raped is the worse thing that can happen to a girl or anyone. The hope of living was taken away from me. I tried to commit suicide multiple times but it didn’t work.

Few years later, I found out about Esther’s Aid school, it was during a graduation ceremony on TV News. I couldn’t believe that one could actually get a free education. Early December last year I came and registered. When the school registered me, I felt like my dream came true since there is no fees. I now have hope for the future, because I am finally going to be able to help myself. After this year I will no longer depend on anyone for a living. I thank God and Esther’s Aid for turning my life around. I have made up my mind to work hard, succeed in life, and help those who hated me when I was raped and abandoned.

Thank you mama Clare for making me have self worth again as a girl. I will work hard and become somebody that will make you proud   quotes closed

quotes open I have mother who is extremely sick and poor in the village.

My father died of HIV/AIDS and my mother is also infected with the disease.

quotes openMy name is MUKAMANA Jeannette from Western province. I am 17 years old.

quotes openAm KAREKEZI Sabith from Nyarugenge District, in Kigali. I am 23 years old. I lost both parents. My dad died in 1994 genocide and my mom died of sickness later.

quotes openMy name is TUYISHIMIRE Joselyne and I am 21 years old. Born in Nyarugenge district - Kigali. I have only a mother. We were born 8 in my family; five of my brothers were killed during the 1994 genocide.

quotes openMy name is MUNGANYINKA Benitha, from Southern Province.

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Esther’s Aid is a Faith-based 501(c)3 Charity devoted to educating and training impoverished youth, young adults and women. Our programs include Culinary Arts, Catering & Hospitality, Business Management, Computer Skills & Entrepreneurship, Sewing, Fashion & Home Accessories. read more




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