As part of our vision to see a transformed world through changed lives Avenue is supporting Ella’s Home, not just financially and prayer but in other ways. Below gives you some idea of the vision and approach by Ella’s Home.
Ella’s Home will provide a welcoming and supportive place of recovery for women who have suffered in the most horrific ways from sexual exploitation and trafficking. Ella’s Home will offer an appropriate time frame and holistic plan for recovery.
Ella’s Home will open doors to enable recovery for women who have experienced sexual exploitation and trafficking by providing a safe and restorative home. In addition Ella’s Home aims to become sustainable through developing its own small enterprises that will create employment and training opportunities.
Approach and Outcomes
The home will be located in London. The exact location will remain confidential and to outsiders it will appear like any other home. Here women will gain a sense of community and belonging.
Women will be given the tools needed to walk away from cycles of exploitation and abuse. Each woman will work with a support worker to access essential services through partnership with multiple organisations and volunteers.
Services will include: medical care, counselling, legal assistance, education, skills training, employment, and assistance to reside in the UK or safe repatriation to country of origin.
In partnership with Kahaila Cafe we will be able to offer training and employment to women. Longer term, Ella’s Home will develop its own enterprises to create further opportunities that will also provide a means for the home to become self-sustaining.
Women will be empowered to move beyond the safe house and become independent, having gained the skills and the confidence to meaningfully engage in their community here in the UK or in their home country.
WHO IS ELLA?
Ella is a girl who has been sexually exploited since she was a teenager. When she arrived in London she was further exploited in a brothel and used by wealthy clients, and she soon became seriously ill. Tragically, the support she desperately needed at that time was not available to her. Ella was extremely vulnerable, and yet she had no access to a safe place to stay. Ella’s Home is named after her.