Support and safety for people fleeing violence - OASIS
Oasis helps some of the most vulnerable people in Belgium to find safety from violence and human trafficking. Often these people are women and children who have come into the country as migrants, hoping for a better, safer life, only to find that the promises of men to love and care for them have been lies that instead lead to them being attacked, injured and put to work in brothels. Children are also deeply effected by the exploitation of their mothers, suffering post traumatic stress and disruption to their education.
Oasis Belgium runs a helpline for women experiencing violence and visits the “massage parlours” where the women are being exploited. We offer information on their rights, help them talk to the police and social services and we offer community and pastoral support for the long term. We also work with a local school in St Josse, helping the children eat well and also helping them overcome their trauma.
At Christmas we remember that God became a human being, living amongst us, vulnerable and easily hurt. We also remember that his parents had to flee from violence into another country, escaping death by travelling into the unknown. Thanks for supporting Oasis at this time, as we work with women and children who are also in fear of violence and are forced on a journey into the unknown.