AIM Restoration Homes (ARH)
AIM Restoration Home (ARH) was our very first program in Cambodia, created in 2005. At that time, the greatest need was a safe place for rescued girls to live and recover so they wouldn’t end up back in the hands of traffickers. Rehabilitation, restoration and transitional living are provided for girls rescued from sex trafficking in Cambodia and living at AIM Restoration Home (ARH).
It’s a safe and secure home. The goal of the loving, nurturing Cambodian staff is to return hope for the future. For each girl entrusted to their care, they seek to prepare her for successful reintegration into society by meeting her physical, psychosocial, educational, vocational and spiritual needs.
- Physical needs are met by providing safe, adequate, secure shelter; 3 nutritious meals every day and health care from qualified professionals.
- Psychosocial needs are met through on-going therapy with trained counselors and social workers. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a 7-step process, is practiced, leading each girl to the place where she can verbalize her abuse and find emotional healing.
- Education is provided through an on-site school with credentialed teachers for girls in rehabilitative care. Girls in transitional living attend a private Christian school. Most girls have had little education, if any. All high school graduates earn a valid Cambodian high school diploma.
- Vocational Training is offered to every girl as she works towards reintegration into society. Quality training in fields such as Information Technology, Culinary Arts, Tourism, Cosmetology and Tailoring are offered.
- Spiritual Guidance is offered through on-site morning devotions and weekly church services. All girls are loved unconditionally for who they are individually and cared for with equality without regard to race or religious beliefs.
In November 2016, we moved AIM Restoration Home to a brand new location that will provide more space than ever before and increase our capacity to help more survivors.
ARH opened in Cambodia at a time of critical need for quality, secure shelters for rescued victims of child sexual exploitation. They have filled that need wonderfully. Their shelter and programs are professional, nurturing and effective. The stories of rehabilitation and hope that result from their efforts are profound and moving. It is our privilege to partner with them in this work in Cambodia. — Kaign Christy, International Justice Mission
Mi arrived at ARH at the age of 12 after being sold by her mother and abused physically, sexually and emotionally for years. Through the loving guidance of Mi’s counselors and house moms, hope blossomed in Mi’s heart, and she accepted Jesus as her Lord. She applied herself in her academic studies and vocational training, landing a job in a high-profile bakery.
Now she creates beautiful cakes for the Prime Minister and the King, and earns enough to support herself and her siblings. “I was so happy when I lived at ARH,” Mi writes. “Although being at home there’s many struggles, yet they motivate me to be firm and strong and persevere in dealing with my life circumstances. Every day when I come back from work I teach the poor kids in my community how to read and write so they can live good. I sacrificially lay out my lifestyle to help those kids like ARH helps me, no matter how trivial my problem. Now I can help others, and I do it with everything I have and all of my heart.”
AIM Transitional Homes
Similar to AIM Restoration Home, AIM Transitional Homes offers a place where young women can transition from brothels or unsafe living situations to independence. These homes are unique because AIM is one of the few organizations offering older girls (18+) a place of restoration. The program provides for their physical, psychosocial, vocational and spiritual needs, with a special emphasis on teaching the young women marketable skills that will enable them to find well-paying jobs when they leave.
Many of the women and older girls who live at our AIM Transitional Homes have become advocates and rescuers in their own communities. Most of them left Karaoke Bars (KTVs) that are just fronts for brothels. When our girls go to their hometowns and see their friends on the weekend, they tell them, “You don’t have to work here, please come to AIM so we can help you have a new life.” As a result, AIM Transitional Homes are usually filled with referrals from the girls living there already!
Most of the young women who live at AIM Transitional Home choose to work at AIM Employment Center. There they earn high wages and are guaranteed a safe place to work where they’re valued, loved and respected.