HUMAN TRAFFICKERS ARE EXPLOITING THE VULNERABLE
Every year tens of thousands of young people throughout Southeast Europe leave state and foster care, taking enormous risks just to survive. Many fall prey to human traffickers, who exploit them through forced prostitution or labour, and suffer a life of degradation and poverty.
THE HOUSE OF OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMME
The House of Opportunity Programme empowers vulnerable young people to break out of poverty and lead successful independent lives – preventing them from being trafficked, or drawn into a life of crime and homelessness, at risk of abandoning their own future children.
After she left state-care, Ivalya found herself with nowhere to go. Then somebody she met made her an offer to go and “play football” in Vienna. This sort of approach is a common ploy by human traffickers to draw vulnerable young people in.
FSCI became aware of the situation and offered Ivayla a place in a House of Opportunity. After a few months at the House Ivayla told us: “In the orphanage you learn by yourself. No one tells you whether the things you do are right or wrong and whether there is a better way to do something, the simple daily stuff. This way you learn wrong. It is as if I am starting a new life now. I learn everything over again, but now the way they are.”
The House of Opportunity kept Ivalya safe and gave her the support she needed to make positive choices – she is now married with a family of her own and told us in 2018 that “I have everything I dreamed of. I will never forget what you did for me”.
Will you help vulnerable young people like Ivalya by riding against the traffic?
Ride against the traffic
If you love cycling, why not set yourself, or a group of friends, a riding challenge this year? Do something that will help you get active or stretch yourself to a new level. By gathering sponsorship for FSCI you can enjoy what you love, and add purpose by raising funds that will help prevent young people like Ivalya from being trafficked from the Balkans into the insatiable sex industry of Western Europe, or its modern slavery enabled black economy.
You can find FSCI on GoFundMe, where you can set up either an individual or team page. GoFundMe will transfer funds to FSCI, and even take care of any Gift Aid, meaning you won’t have to worry about handling any money.
Don’t forget to get in touch and tell us all about your particular challenge! E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
So, put those pedals to the metal – set yourself the challenge, and ride against the traffic!
WHO ARE WE?
The Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion (FSCI) works in partnership with local communities and organisations to combat poverty and marginalisation in Southeast Europe. Led by a dedicated team in Sofia, FSCI is responsible for launching these programmes throughout the greater Balkan region.
Visit www.fscinet.org to see the impact our work is making on the lives of vulnerable young people.
St Paul’s Church
FSCI (UK) is a Reg. Charity in England & Wales (1170914)
FSCI is a Reg. Bulgarian NGO (175633540)