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Stichting Light for Asia
NL 70 RABO 0126 9283 39 te Monnickendam
Onder vermelding van “Project Thailand”
ANBI    Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling

Stichting Light for Asia
Melkkruid 47,
1441 XS Purmerend
T.  06-81513248
E. stichtinglightforasia

Peter & Tatjana Bak
PO Box 61 Muang,
Chiang Rai 57000,

M. Peter      +66 (0) 85 719 9810
M. Tatjana      +66 (0) 81 169 6268

House of Refuge

“Every day thousands of children are sold in to sexual slavery. They are forced into prostitution. There are also thousands of children who are abused by their father, family members, or by close friends. All these children have been tortured, broken, and torn but the worst part is, they are helpless and alone.. …lonely and without purpose.”

“House of Refuge” is a place for girls who have been forced into prostitution or other sexual abuse. By letting girls with the same experiences live together they have a better chance to recover from what happened to them.

What does “House of Refuge” have to offer?

•    A safe place to live
•    Healthy food and decent clothing
•    The possibility of going to school
•    Love and appreciation
•    Lessons in self-reliance
•    New hope for the future

“House of Refuge” was originally built for girls from ages 12 to 18. Since October 2006, at the request of social welfare, the first 2 girls between 6 and 12 years were placed at House of Refuge. After 15 years we now have 3 houses in total and we can hold 10 girls in each house. The project counts 26 girls of which 1 girl lives independent but still under supervision, and 2 girls study outdoors. For each house we have 4 staff who manage the daily things around the house. The 3rd and newest house was built on a big property on which we also have little houses. These little houses are used by girls 18 years or older, to learn to live independently. Furthermore we have a multi-purpose room and a counseling room. This allows us to give therapeutic help on our own property and we can hold big activities without space problems.

What does a day at the project look like?

The girls get up at 5:30, that’s early right, but here in Thailand this is normal. While the girls go about their chores, the staff cook their breakfast. After eating breakfast together the girls go to school. Some of the kids don’t know how to read and write so they learn this at “House of Refuge”. When they are ready they go to adult education. After school the girls go get groceries, wash their clothes, or they help with the cooking. In this way the girls learn to become independent. After dinner they do their homework, they have time to play and they do a praise and prayer time together.

What are the results so far?

The majority of the girls, who have been living here in “House of Refuge” since 1990, are able to go out and live on their own and help others. A lot of them are married and have children of their own. Because they have been spreading the gospel some of their family members have also become Christians. They have also learned to forgive and are able to go back to their family, which disowned them, and say “I love you”.