June 2015

Sayari Warmi, a new beginning

The girls are gathered in a room. Some are squeezed into a sofa; some are sitting in chairs and on the floor. They are knitting. Laughing. Looking at them, you could never imagine what they have been prostitutes. They are too young.

By: Cecilie Dam
Projects Abroad Volunteer
Fredensborg - Denmark

Sayari Warmi

The organization Sayari Warmi was opened by two sisters in September 1999 closed and then reopened again in 2009. Sayari Warmi is an organization is under the Adoletrices Catholic Church. Sayari Warmi have two houses in Bolivia; one in La Paz and one in Cochabamba.


Computer workshop, organized in Sayari Warmi
Photos by: Ximena Noya

The one in La Paz is a house for young mothers, where they get guidance. In the district of Cochabamba there is one for girls who have been saved from mafia networks and being commercialized as prostitutes.

The girls in the house are very young. The age range is between 13-18 years.

The girls are rescued from brothels, human trafficking and sexual violence by the government, who sends the girls to different organizations that can help the girls. One of them is the Sayari Warmihouse in Cochabamba. Libya Chavez is a psychologist and in charge of this house. She is explaining the process from the girls arrive to the house.

The first step

The first step is to make the girls to actually want to stay in the house. This is difficult, because the girls have been through so much. Often people they start to trust trick them into being prostitutes. Libya gives an example.


Jewelry sale drawn up by girls
Photos by: Ximena Noya

“A girl have a fight with her parents and decides to run away from home. Then she meets a guy. He says that he wants to help her. Becomes her friend. Then one day, he will introduce her to one of his friends who have sex for money, and suggest that the girl can do the same, if she wants some money.”

It is often difficult for the girls to change their way of thinking, because they have started to trust the people, who forced them into it. When the young girls hear that they can make the same amount of money on a couple of nights as prostitutes as one month of regular work, it isn’t very logic. Therefore it is difficult to convince them into staying.

The second step

The girls are rescued from brothels, human trafficking and sexual violence by the government, who sends the girls to different organizations that can help the girls.

The second step is to give the girls some life skills. The girls have missed years of school and it is hard to get them back to school. Therefore they learn skills like cooking and knitting, so they can get a job, when they are done with the process in the house. The team in the house consists of a psychologist, a social worker, five teachers that take different turns to supervise. They all work together to make the process go as smoothly as possible.


Embroidery and sewing workshop organized by Sayari Warmi
Photos by: Ximena Noya

The girls are rescued from brothels, human trafficking and sexual violence by the government, who sends the girls to different organizations that can help the girls.

“In the house, the young girls live like a family,” says Libya.

The girls have to help with small things every day, like cleaning the tables or making coffee. That way they become a part of a normal everyday with routines and responsibility.

The small thing matters, but the fact that they have responsible adults they can talk to is also important.

The third step

The last step is the longest one. Getting the girls back to reality and their own families. Often the families want to adopt the girl back into the family, but it can be difficult, because they need to learn to understand each other again. Sayari Warmi offers them to make a slow transition. The girl can try to come home, and then be at the house for some time. Libya also tells that she offers psychologist hours so she can help the families to become a family again.

Volunteers

Sayari Warmi also gets help from the outside. Projects Abroad sends volunteers to them who can help the girls with all kind of things. One of their main tasks is to talk to the girls. It can be easier for them to speak about their past and problems with the volunteers, because the age different is smaller.

“We are very thankful for the volunteers. Please keep coming,” Libya finishes.

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