Being here, it is so evident that this jewelry project is God inspired. We can't just give a man a fish. We must teach him to fish also. These girls must be rescued, but if they don't have some type of skill, something as a means of income, what's keeping them from going back to a life of prostitution?
The other day we visited 14 girls ranging in age from 18-21. Every single one of them were the victims of sex trafficking. They were rescued by the police and sent to this home. God rescued them and gave them a new start. He redeemed them from the pit.
Over the next few years, the girls will be transitioning out of the house to living on their own. The timing of this jewelry project is so amazing. It is giving them a skill set to survive and put food in their bellies. It's helping them to attain their dreams of becoming a nurse or a doctor. It is giving them hope.
I had so much fun photographing these girls. We laughed and we talked about cricket. They touched my heart in a way that I won't forget. They will forever be in my prayers. Every time I look at fresh water pearls, I will remember these girls!
After I get back from my trip, I will share details on how you can purchase jewelry from Hope's Gate made by the girls here in India!