WHO WE ARE
Hope Risen (formerly known as Hope For Women) was founded in 2009 with the vision to spread love, hope and justice in the quest to end modern day slavery and exploitation. We are doing this through prevention and awareness initiatives carried out alongside direct interventions to rescue, restore and reintegrate women, men and children who have been exploited.
We will leave no stone unturned looking for the one held captive in modern day slavery. When we find the one we will walk the road to restoration together, and we will spare no expense to cripple the industry that has taken freedom away!
Key Values: Hope, Love, Justice, Integrity, Honour, Faith
We seek to live out our values in our daily lives. We strive to have the same heart whether we are on the front lines or in the spotlight of cameras, or behind the scenes where no one can see us. Every day we examine our hearts, our relationships and our motives so that we can be honourable leaders building an honourable ministry; one that brings faith, hope, justice and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour.
Who are we:
We are a community of passionate men and women who don’t mind getting our hands dirty, gracefully hustling our way through the challenges of ending slavery. We are a community of support and encouragement, strengthening and building each other up as we work to bring about the changes we believe are possible in the world.
What we believe:
We believe every person has the right to freedom and we are passionate about spreading the message of love, hope and justice that can bring about an end to slavery and help survivors of human trafficking shine again. We believe that what we are fighting for is possible.
We believe that we are responsible for the nations we live in. We all live in the middle of both beauty and suffering, and each of us have the capacity to make it better and brighter. We believe that in truth, faith and love there is hope for the suffering of the world. We believe it is an honour to be part of a mission like this, and we believe that all others striving for the same goal are our partners, not our competitors. We seek to love, serve, build and defend all those who share in this mission.
Hope Risen (Hope for Women) started after founding member, Tabitha Lage, inadvertently encountered the phenomenon whilst working in an unrelated field. Her work took her into the townships surrounding Johannesburg, South Africa, where she formed relationships with people in the local communities. She began to hear stories about children who were being abused and taken away from their families and communities. Upon further questioning she discovered that they were being sold. Being unfamiliar with human trafficking, she started to research what she was hearing, and it became clear to her that the stories she was hearing were cases of human trafficking.
Once she discovered this she began seeking help and input from various organisations and the government, but at the time there was very little understanding of human trafficking in South Africa, much less any solid system for tackling it. When her efforts to find support and training in South Africa yielded few results, she travelled overseas to become trained and equipped.
Initially she ran small business enterprises as a front to help discretely identify and assist women who were being exploited. Over time as she taught more people about what was happening, the network expanded and the work grew to comprise direct interventions, restoration programmes and wide scale prevention and awareness initiatives.
Hope Risen has been one of the key players in establishing wider understanding and systems to address human trafficking in South Africa. Now there are several other organisations also addressing human trafficking in South Africa, and in 2015 the government passed its first law regarding human trafficking; a thorough and promising piece of legislation. Information and systems in the rest of Africa are still sparse, however, and so Hope Risen is looking to expand our work beyond South Africa and play a part in combating trafficking on the whole continent.