Tamar Village Ministry was established in 2010 to reach out to ladies trapped in the sex trade in Singapore. The ministry has been reaching out and walking with the ladies through a journey of healing and restoration, through counselling, coaching and discipleship. Recently, they started a 3-year reformation program focused on transforming the lives of ex-streetwalkers and re-introducing them back to the society. The ladies are taught how to hope once again and to realize that they are still precious despite the circumstances that they have gone through.
The products sold here are hand-sewn by the ladies, and all the proceeds from the sales will go towards funding their journey of transformation into productive members of society once again.
She had been on the streets for years. Initially, she cringed at the idea of sleeping with a man she hardly knew. However, she had no money to feed her children. Filled with desperation, she forced herself to sell her body to earn some income for survival.
With low education and little skills, she did try to find a meaningful job but no one wanted to pay her an amount that could help her sustain her life and that of her children. Selling her body to men seemed to be the easiest way to make ‘quick money’. One man led to another man. One day led to another day. Weeks became months, and months became years. In time, she began to take drugs to numb herself from the pain she was feeling. In order to forget the worthless way that she was being treated by the men she slept with, she drank and smoked mindlessly – life became utterly meaningless.
Having been through great humiliation and a feeling of helplessness and shame, she heard of Tamar Village but hesitated to give herself a second chance. As time passed, she became really tired of not being treated with dignity and respect. With no one else to turn to, she finally decided that she needed help and walked through the doors of Tamar Village.
To find out more, head over to www.tamarvillage.org or visit their Facebook page