El Pozo de Vida continues to be operating at full capacity going into the first quarter of 2014. Currently there are 18 girls in the safehouse, ranging from ages 9 to 20 years old. The exciting news is that there are plans to open a transitory home for the girls that are 18 or over, where they can learn to live independently, continue in their studies, or begin to work. The location has been found, funds have been raised, staff hired, and plans are to open this April. Four of our girls will go on to live there, leaving 14 in the home.
At the home the girls continue to study, receive therapy, and move forward in their healing and rehabilitation processes. Last week we celebrated the graduation of two girls from middle school, and one from primary school. They have decided to continue with vocational training and will begin courses next month.
We are still in the process of looking for a larger home. The need in Mexico City for a safehouse for victims is extremely large. The US Embassy came to visit the shelter last week, and the board of directors will be participating in a conference on human trafficking and will aid in the collection of information for the 2014 TIP (Trafficking in Persons) report released each year by the US State Department.
Thank you again for your generous donations and for investing into the lives and health of underage trafficking victims in Mexico City. The Alkare Foundation has been a huge blessing in meeting one of the most basic needs of our girls.
El Pozo de Vida, A.C
Mexico City, Mexico