"Myanmar is a source country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and for women and children subjected to sex trafficking, both in Myanmar and abroad (source)." For a long time, Uncharted knew this was a major issue but was unsure about how to respond to this reality.
But then in the fall of 2012, through a connection with World Vision, a local Myanmar denomination, and the local government, plans were made to start a restoration center for human trafficking survivors. This would be the first of its kind in Myanmar!
Property was donated by World Vision, Uncharted was able to raise $100,000 that went towards renovation of the property, staffing, and care of the survivors. In the fall of 2013, the doors of the Thelo (meaning "compassion") Center were opened.
Over the last several years, the Thelo Center has been able to offer holistic care to many survivors of trafficking. This care has included: job skill training, counseling, spiritual guidance, physical restoration, and more than anything else, a place of rest, safety and acceptance.
Today there are 19 women and girls who are being cared for and finding restoration within the walls of this amazing ministry!