Empowering Women in SE Asia

HOW I GOT HERE

I moved to SE Asia to follow a call to serve and empower individuals affected by exploitation. For 2 years I worked with organizations providing vocational training and support to those in need of opportunity in a city and industry that idolizes sex and exploits bodies with the promise of big money fast. Bars, go-go clubs, strip clubs, and brothels litter every street offering every fantasy imaginable. Men and women sell their bodies to strangers twice their age who don't speak their language to fulfill cultural & familial expectations to pay off debts and support their children and relatives.


It's a heavy place but over time, I found tremendous joy interacting with the students and developed incredible friendships. I witnessed so many men and women choose and find freedom from a job that instilled no value in their being.  They left jobs at the bars to pursue education, work dreams, healthy relationships and ultimately, self-worth. Many also continue to work to this day, tied down by debt, lack of opportunity, and hopes of meeting a partner with a good heart to provide for them and their family. It's a heartbreaking and humbling place, and I'm forever grateful for the friends and family I found in the midst of much darkness.

WHAT I'M DOING NOW

I'm working in a new country supporting a partner organization that is also providing safe work for women through small business. I am helping with program development for a beauty program and setting up opportunities for further vocational training.  I believe this work helps champion the fight against modern day slavery and continue to walk in gratitude for the opportunity to work alongside incredibly strong women seeking a dignified career. 


JOIN ME

As I'm a full time volunteer in this position, I'm in need of financial support and a lot of pryr!

$18,000 provides for a year of living expenses & expat obligations (visas, etc.). 

See my budget breakdown HERE .

Would you consider joining my team by giving a one-time or monthly donation?

Due to the sensitive nature of our work and respect of those I will work with, my public communications will be kept somewhat general. I would love to talk more with you personally about this work and keep you posted through regular email updates! 

- Sign up for my newsletters HERE
- Follow my blog ramblings at jennaferlewis.wordpress.com

I'm also looking for a team of individuals to commit to prying for not only myself but the women in our program, my coworkers and those yet to be reached. Please shoot me a message to be added to the list.

I’m thankful and overwhelmed at the support and encouragement I’ve received since moving to SE Asia. I’m so hopeful for the ways the Father will continue to work and transform hearts for his glory! 

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Organizer

Jenna Lewis 
Organizer
Ontario, CA
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