Protection

Our primary mission is to protect women and children who are at the highest risk to human trafficking and all forms of modern-day oppression and where little to no other help is available.

This passion leads us to the warzones and lawless lands of Sudan and South Sudan.  Through our indigenously led anti-trafficking network, we offer thousands of unadoptable orphans and vulnerable women protection through Christ-centered homes, schools, medical clinics and other necessary infrastructures.  We also strive to not only protect bodies but address the needs of the whole person who has suffered trauma of war, oppression, genocide, and trafficking – from physical, to psychological, to spiritual care.

Our dynamic global network is helping us do just that:  One child, one woman at a time.  This map is specifically designed to help you see where and how God is doing the impossible through your support of the Make Way Partners infrastructure and anti-trafficking network:

is the name of our administration headquarters, domiciled in Alabama, USA.  From here we coordinate all partnership communications and monitor financial accountability for all national and international operations.  Financial accountability is then overseen by a layer of internal and external controls, including objective, third-party CPAs, and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA.org).  It also serves as our Faith, Hope, and Love (FHL) training center for staff and all participants desiring to serve short or long-term in Sudan and South Sudan.  This highly specialized trauma-informed care is taught through equine facilitation and provides necessary preparedness for serving in war and trauma regions—focusing on both self-care and how to relate to those who we serve already suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

is our first and oldest school, orphanage, and clinic in South Sudan thus it is the largest and most developed.  NLM provides complete care for approximately 750 children, including elementary through high school education.  We also have a vibrant widows and redeemed sex-slave ministry which employs and helps stabilize thousands of women.  One day, James Lual Atak, the founding indigenous director of NLM, dreams of having a training college here.

is our second school, orphanage, and clinic in South Sudan providing complete care to approximately 300 orphans including education through eighth grade.  Several things make HFSS unique.  HFSS leaders work diligently toward a self-sustainable future through agriculture.  They have reintroduced farming skills to a people who’d lost hope in agriculture due to the war and dependency upon UN/USAID food drops.  This booming farm project is nearly 2,000 acres and growing.  Another unique aspect of HFSS is that this is the only site in our network which is fully equipped to care for infants.  Through your support we rescue all infants who are considered “throwaways” and literally put to death by drowning or abandonment locked in a tukel alone.

is our newest orphanage, school, and medical clinic providing complete care for nearly 500 children, ranging from preschool to eighth grade.  It is located in Sudan, and therefore is the most challenging and dangerous location to access due to the on-going genocide enacted by the [North] Sudanese government.  By the grace of God, here in Nuba, we are able to offer all of the same care we do in South Sudan.  However, one distinction sets them apart: many of the communities near OFC are still intact because the war has not been going on for as many generations.  The tribal family system still works, at times, allowing many of our children to live with family while attending our school and receiving food and medical care.  Therefore, we provide housing for the truly homeless orphan.  Still, due to logistical issues and compounded war and border-crossing issues, our cost to sustain each orphan is still higher than at any other location.

is the conduit through which we provide the physical, psychological, and spiritual care to all in our network, and it connects each orphanage and clinic.  From day one of Make Way Partners we knew that to help victims of human trafficking or oppression, medical care would be a huge component.  As we’ve built each orphanage, a small clinic has been included at each site.  However, these are rudimentary clinics run by base-line caregivers, unfortunately the best in Sudan and South Sudan at the time.  Even still, over the last several years as support has grown, this medical infrastructure continues to improve and deepen our care throughout each Make Way Partners location.  FHL assumes full responsibility for all oversight of each orphanage clinic—from administration, to training, to medical supplies.  It will very soon include a sterile surgical unit in South Sudan, saving lives and thousands of dollars with in-country surgeries.  The FHL medical network also serves to address the needs of the whole person who suffers severe trauma—from physical, to psychological, to spiritual care utilizing the principles of our equine facilitated trauma-informed care.  Our Mission Farm Training Center is the perfect “safe zone” to host much of our trauma-informed care for both nationals and internationals.

Our Uganda Safe House offers similar care as the Kenya Safe House, however, we have found that the exact nature of the trauma or disease can be better treated at one place or the other.  Due to common droughts and famines or political issues in Africa, sometimes Kenya closes its borders to South Sudan, whereas Uganda does not tend to do this.  Our Uganda Safe House provides much needed alternative accessibility.  It is also where we have open access to send our students who have graduated eighth grade from locations where we do not yet have a high school.  Thus, this house becomes their “home away from home” while they study.

As our FHL medical network develops we continue to medevac children and women in need of surgery to neighboring, much higher developed countries, such as Kenya and Uganda.  After hospital care for each child, ranging from bomb-wrought amputations to a young girl lost inside herself from a traumatic-rape pregnancy, patients are usually far too physically, psychologically, and spiritually fragile to send immediately back into the warzone.  Our Kenya Safe House exists to provide them the consistent, daily, loving care for as long as they need it—sometimes weeks, often a year or more—until they are ready to go home.  Kenya is also our main source for the overwhelming majority of supplies of food, construction materials, and medicine for our locations in Sudan and South Sudan.

This location proves the power of what one person can do for the mission of Make Way Partners.  A Taiwanese-American living in Illinois read Passport through Darkness in English, and then sought and found a volunteer to translate it into Chinese.  Next this dynamic team worked together to find a publisher.  This publisher arranged a month-long book tour for MWP President, Kimberly Smith Highland, to speak in Taiwan.  While there, the people became so passionate, giving thousands of dollars, requiring a reprint of Passport through Darkness, and the opening of their own in-country branch of Make Way Partners.  Although, we have financial partners in more than 40 countries, our Chinese-speaking population is rapidly becoming the second largest donor base, next to the USA.  The Taiwan team consists mostly of volunteers, just as we did in our early days here in the US, with an entire team of recent college graduates who translate all the blogs and newsletters—pro bono, after finishing their day jobs!

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