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AFA's New Option Initiative purposes to primarily help support girls and women whose lives have been affected by sexual assault and forced prostitution.
The initiative was birthed following a trip to Haiti, a year after the January 2010 earthquake, and during which I witnessed girls as young as 14 yrs old, pregnant, distressed over catching sexually transmitted diseases and devoid of all hope. They are beautiful and poised yet broken and helpless.
"My mom is dead, my father lives in the country side; so I accept to live with a man so he can help me. I don't have any other options. I can't find a job. I can't go to school."
My heart literally dropped when this tall, beautiful and eloquent young woman sat in front of me, requesting help for an infection and opening up to me about her life's circumstances. That shouldn't be an option for any young girl. She shouldn't need to grow numb to her own soul and turn to relinquishing her body in order to have something to eat or secure a roof over her head.
AFA's New Option Initiative will be a conduit through which women, our sisters, will be given alternatives to their current circumstances. They will be given a home and presented with options to restore their lives emotionally, spiritually and economically. They will be offered diverse opportunities through which they can make a future for themselves and their children.
The programs will be funded through the AFA's New Option Initiative Fund (ANOIF), through kind donations from our supporters and grants. They will be directly executed and at times in partnership with other organizations that are already on the ground and which share the same vision.
Someone I admire once said that it was a sacred rite to compassionately witness someone else's desperation and to convey that story to people who have the ability to change those circumstances.
As I share those young women's stories with you, I implore you to stand with me in saying ENOUGH and encourage you to join hands with us as we try to change the circumstances of their lives and the lives of girls everywhere.
No girl or woman should have to lose her body and soul out of desperation for shelter and a meal. No woman's body should be turned into a commodity or seen as an invitation for assault.
Thank you for your generosity and support!
Christine Dorvil AFA, Inc President & Founder