ISM is in partnership with 16 ministries that are looking for interns in SEA. 5 of those ministries reach out to victims of Human Trafficking and exploited men, women and children in the sex industry or at risk. Your training will include information about the sex industry, human trafficking in South East Asia, spiritual warfare and how to serve. Annie Dieselberg of NightLight and Celeste McGee from Dton Naam will be guest instructors. ISM’s director also worked at NightLight for 5.5 years.
After training at ISM you could do your internship at one of the following ministries:
1. Jewels in a Crown – Kolkata India
The district of Kalighat in Kolkata, India is most well known for being home to Kali’s Temple, a mecca for Hindu worshippers. What may not be as apparent is that it is also the birthplace of organized prostitution in Kolkata. It houses thousands of girls and women who have been trafficked, tricked or driven to work the line out of economic disparity. JEWELS IN A CROWN began as a response to the overwhelming problem of prostitution in Kalighat.
JEWELS IN A CROWN opened its doors for employment on February 14, 2010. Our theme comes from a passage in the Bible that says, “On that day the Lord their God will rescue His people, just as a shepherd rescues His sheep. They will sparkle in His land like jewels in a crown. How wonderful and beautiful they will be!” (Zechariah 9:16,17a). We believe our staff are precious and radiant, and we feel privileged to be a part of their journey.
Discipleship We have daily devotions and prayer with our staff. We know that economic freedom is only one part, and it is only through Jesus that we can see sustainable growth.
Training Our staff is trained in the trade of jewelry-making. They have learned to work with a variety of high-end, semi-precious stones to make beautiful pieces that are sold internationally.
Educating Through teaching English and basic life skills, our staff are empowered with a new confidence and competence for a changed life.
Wages & Work Hours Our staff are paid above fair market value and operate on a 40 hour work week.
Loan Payoff After their first year, each of our staff is eligible for a loan. They pay it back with a 0% interest rate. This is in response to predatory loan lenders who charge 600% -1000% annually, making repayment impossible for these women.
Paid Training During our 3 month training period, each women receives a salary, that increases with full time employment after this term.
NightLight is an international organization committed to addressing the complex issues of commercial sexual exploitation through prevention, intervention, restoration, and education.
NightLight’s mission is to do “whatever it takes” to effect change within the global sex industry. Our local offices build relationships with victims of commercial sexual exploitation and those who are at-risk and provide hope, intervention, rescue, and assistance by offering alternative vocational opportunities, life-skills training, and physical, emotional, and spiritual development to those seeking freedom. NightLight builds support networks internationally to intervene and assist women, men, and children whose lives are negatively impacted by the sex industry.
In January 2005, NightLight began to address the lack of opportunity for women trapped in Bangkok’s sex trade by providing them with a viable alternative means for supporting themselves.
NightLight Thailand, operates under two branches: NightLight Design, Co. Ltd, the registered jewelry business offering holistic employment, and NightLight Foundation, the non-profit branch focusing on holistic intervention for women, families and communities affected by the global sex industry.
As of June 2009, NightLight Design currently employs 80 women in Bangkok. Over 125 women have been employed by NightLight since it was established. Once a week, every woman is involved in a small group session for personal development. As women develop their skills they are given the opportunity to develop new skills in other areas such as technology, accounting, purchasing, management, marketing, networking and public relations. Salaries are above minimum wage and raises are given annually based on a performance evaluation. NightLight also provides medical insurance and a savings plan. Scholarships are given to those who choose to continue their education. NightLight also has a small childcare center for the children of the women employed at NightLight.
NightLight continually carries a waiting list of 10 to 15 women who want to leave the bars. They cannot be hired until there is adequate work provided through jewelry orders and until funds are made available to pay for supplies and salary equivalent to US $250 per month. The company has experienced tremendous growth since it’s inception, making it necessary to expand jewelry markets and increase awareness of NightLight’s transformative work.
The NightLight outreach team maintains a presence in the red-light district of Nana Sukhumvit, building relationships with women and children, and offering them a way out of their situation. In Bangkok, the NightLight outreach team meets hundreds of women and children every year through bar visits and street level interactions. These women and children come from as many as 20 different countries including Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Uzbekistan, Tajikstan, Kazakstan, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Iran, India, and Bangladesh.
NightLight has assisted in the rescue of a number of women from Central Asia and Africa since August 2007. NightLight partners with organizations such as the International Organization of Migration (IOM) for safe and successful repatriation. There are many more women needing assistance but it takes time to gain their trust. Funding is needed to purchase tickets, pay visa fees, and to provide for the women as they prepare to return to their countries of origin.
NightLight provides emergency relief for women and children at risk in the Nana/Sukhumvit area and engages in local and international advocacy on behalf of women and children working in the sex industry. NightLight recognizes the need for strategic partnerships, coalition building and community efforts worldwide to see an end to human trafficking.
The women of NightLight have also recently begun a church called “Send the Light”. Through their leadership, “Send the Light” seeks to bring spiritual growth, development and transformation to friends, family and community around them.
Coming soon: A Coffee House Ministry and Outreach Center in the redlight district.
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3. Dton Naam
DtonNaam Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity in the US and officially became a foundation in Thailand in July 2010. It is currently a day program helping Thai individuals leave prostitution and find healing physically, emotionally and spiritually.
PURPOSE: Walking alongside those who want freedom and healing
We are dedicated to the healing of those in need and walk alongside each one through a recovery process, providing safe homes, counseling, educational classes, job skills and legitimate jobs. Several good ministries are focused on helping the females in Bangkok, but we at Dton Naam have a heart to also help the males. We encourage both men and women to leave prostitution, to pursue healing from abuse and to be freed from drug, alcohol and sexual addictions.
1. Job Training: We offer training in a coffee, bakery and retail business. If a Thai man or woman desires to leave prostitution and is interested in a different job than what we currently offer, we will help provide scholarships to send him/her to the training he/she desires, such as hair-cutting class, accounting and more.
2. Legitimate jobs: We can immediately offer jobs within our coffee and bakery business that is intertwined with our rehab program. Thai men and women can work five to six-hour shifts in the business and have two to four hours of counseling, discipleship and other educational classes.
3. Support Groups and Individual Counseling will be provided according to personal needs, such as overcoming drug and alcohol addictions, sexual addictions, abuse, learning to have healthy lifestyles even with STD’s and HIV, gender insecurities, problems with finances and relationship issues. It’s important to provide a safe, nurturing place for these men and women to overcome their pain and be empowered to live abundant lives.
4. Educational Classes are provided within the rehab program, including English and Thai lessons, computers, health classes, gardening, music, art and photography classes. Depending on the skills of volunteer teachers, special classes are offered dealing with mathematics, writing resumes, future planning, GED-style courses, etc.
5. Discipleship Classes refer to times of collective worship, studying Scripture, praying together and learning how to draw closer to Jesus and walk forward in freedom and truth.
Our Coffee Shop/Bakery – ANTIQUE CAFE is the perfect job-training site for those who are in our program and needing new job skills and experience to become self-sufficient in the near future. Men and women are able to start new, legitimate work in a safe environment. We sell great coffee, cupcakes and muffins and hope to expand soon in areas of artwork. As Thai individuals create beautiful pieces of art, they can decorate the cafe with their pieces, using art to tell their own personal stories of healing and encourage others.
Our budget is based on monthly gifts and fund-raising events. Once the coffee shop brings in a profit, that profit will go back into the foundation to provide scholarships for those wanting to leave prostitution and/or helping those at risk of entering the sex industry.
4. The Well in Bangkok assists people affected by or at risk of entering the sex industry with education, employment and family services.
The Well Strategy is based on John 4 where an entire community was changed through a purposeful encounter between Jesus and a woman living a rough life. At the core The Well is neither a social service program nor a compassionate ministry, but a leadership training and equipping ministry.
The strategy involves three steps: reach, teach and send: reach broken people, teach and nurture them to be healthy, productive and able to lead, and send them to take Jesus to their families and communities.
Bar and street outreach is an essential aspect of The Well Strategy, based on the understanding that spending time with broken people was a priority for Jesus. This outreach is relational, as workers and volunteers from The Well focus on building loving friendships with people involved in the sex industry. Since we have become established and known people also come to The Well through invitation of friends or referrals from other agencies.
5. Samaritan Creations
Samaritan Creations is a ministry that includes service to the sexually exploited, and those in slums and bars; they also are involved in teaching English. They have been in service for two years and are affiliated with the Church of Christ in Thailand. There are six staff members. It is located in downtown Bangkok, Thailand.
Samaritan Creations exists to rescue, restore, and empower women by the grace of God, and by offering women an alternative income to prostitution.
The greatest need Samaritan Creations has right now is for outreach and teachers at the slum ministry site. Other needs you could be asked to fill are: evangelism, teaching, children’s ministry, youth ministry, slum ministry, ESL at church, and administrative.