Blog I have yet to meet a woman in prostitution who wants to be there Word Made Flesh Our partners, Andy and Andrea from Word Made Flesh, work with women and their children affected by prostitution in El Alto, Bolivia. El Alto is built on the hills surrounding the capital city La Paz. This intensely overcrowded area experiences extreme weather conditions and suffers severe economic uncertainty. Bolivia is the most unsafe South American country for a woman to live. 90% of the women our partners work with have experienced sexual abuse in childhood and their subsequent journeys into prostitution are often as a result of coercion by those closest to them. Additionally, the cycle of abuse continues as their children are brought up in and around brothels, becoming easy targets. Helping women break free Andy and Andrea, missionaries from the US, have lived in Bolivia for over 15 years and now have a family of four boys. Their call is to help these women and their children break free from prostitution and experience the freedom that only Christ offers. For 9 years Rope has funded their children’s programme, which offers a safe place for children to come and experience a loving family home environment. There is a homework club, nutritious meals, craft and art therapy sessions as well as mentoring and counselling. Our hope is that these children, being away from the brothels, will stay at school and gain good qualifications. Sutisana Our partners’ work with the women encourages them to leave prostitution and their social enterprise, Sutisana, is currently providing 9 women with alternative and dignified employment through making clothes and accessories. Sutisana means “healed name” and is taken from Isaiah 62:2. Many of these women choose a new healed name, when they leave prostitution, so they can live free from oppression. Andy and Andrea believe that by investing in the whole family they can “restore the years the locusts have stolen” and break the destructive cycle of violence that prostitution and poverty creates. Women Walking 4 Women Andy and Andrea will be joining us at our Women Walking 4 Women event in September. Click here to find out more.