About this project
The untold stories of three incredible women, Betty, Ophelia, Comfort, will be finally heard. There will be other stories published as well recounting what it is like to go from a street child sleeping in open-air bathhouses and overcoming the commercial sex trade to become who they are today. The book describes the challenges faced and the inspiring tale of what these women did to become professionals within their community.Now many actively employ other children that were once in their predicament to provide a future for them.
These published stories will give an intimate look at what drives these children to the streets, while giving hope to those living in poverty to know there is hope, a way to get out of it.
To make a contribution click on the "Back This Project" button and select your reward in appreciation for participating in this project. Together, these inspirational stories can finally be heard and give hope to those who need it!
This project is a re-launch of an earlier more complex project which included several components. To accomplish a successful Kickstarter and reduce the amount requested, several components have been peeled away from this request. Other funding was identified to support the components eliminated from the previous project Kickstarter.
If more funds are raised than the goal, they will be used to expand the distribution of the published books.
When Ophelia was interviewed for the book “Stories From The Streets” she shared about her life as a commercial sex worker. At sixteen with an infant to feed there were few options available for her after being kicked out of her home. Her family blamed her for her pregnancy although she was impregnated by her teacher, dejected, she and her baby and some other girls slept in the open air bath houses, she’d given up any hope of a future for her child; she’d almost given up on herself.
After regular interactions with Street Girls Aid social workers in the railway, she turned to them for help. It wasn’t easy. Following rules and adjusting to a routine which included educational and vocational programs required a lot of adjustment. Her health complications from the sex trade created additional difficulties.
Through the counseling she received, she opened up and made the decision to take action on her life, for the future of baby and for her future. Several years later Ophelia works in a hairdressing salon earns a regular income and is able to take care of her child. She is getting ready to open her own salon from the money she has saved and she has successfully influenced two of her friends who were also commercial sex workers to learn skills and a trade. They are both working in their new vocations.
When asked what has changed for her as a result of Street Girls Aid and their programs, Ophelia has this to say, “I have acquired a skill which puts me in the best position to take care of my child. I feel more respected and I am privileged and happy. I have big dreams.”
Ophelia’s dreams and other important lessons from Ophelia are included in the book “Stories From The Streets” Help support the publishing of this book so that Ophelia and others can share their inspirational experiences.
Risks and challenges
The timeline for getting the book to publication is short, but remains do-able. Because this Kickstarter is funding distribution and book launch, we will be prepared to place an expedited order of the books required for the launch if necessary - but that is simply a contingency.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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