MISSION and VISION
Mobilize believers, artists, and educators to stand for justice, cultivate beauty and restore hope.
Encourage and equip the local church to protect their communities against exploitation
Create opportunities for people in areas of trafficking and poverty to develop artistically
Connect the arts to restoring hope through local education.
STANDING FOR JUSTICE
Human trafficking is illegal everywhere, but it affects every country in the world. It is defined as the exploitation of a person for profit, by the use of force, fraud, or coercion. It takes on many different forms, but most people are exploited either for sex or for labor. Currently, an estimated 30 million people are victims of human trafficking today.
Traffickers typically prey on the poor because they are easy targets due to their lack of resources. They are able to coerce these vulnerable people into taking jobs or loans that promise help or relief from their current situation but where they are then forced to continue working for little or no pay. Or, if they have agreed to work to pay back a loan, the trafficker will continue to add interest and fabricated fees to the loan so that it is impossible to pay, sometimes for several generations.
Creative Hope International pursues a model to help at-risk individuals discover beauty and hope in Christ through arts education. We believe when people come together to create they not only find joy and healing, but also find value in gathering together. By building a stronger community they will be able to better resist possible dangers.
"No matter the impetus, communities are not defenseless in the fight against human trafficking. They are a powerful part of the solution."
- 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report
We believe in God’s love: that God is orchestrating a story of redemption for everything that is distorted. The broken systems and hurting people in our world are being redeemed through the God’s love. The redemption continues through people who follow Him because of the Spirit of God who is active in our natural experience. And the redemption story will conclude with glorious peace and rejoicing once the distortion is ultimately rectified by God. ‘He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away…’ -Rev 20:4
We believe in Creativity: that the arts can be an incredible vehicle for justice, beauty, and hope. Music, visual art, dance, drama – these expressions display aspects of humanity that liken people to a creative God (Genesis 1:26). As people create, they become more of who they were designed to be – beautiful reflections of the ultimate Creator.
Our 3 approaches:
Creative Arts Camps - Restorative
Every year, we help facilitate creative arts camps throughout Asia with several organizations who are passionate for justice and restoration. Together we make music, choreograph dances, create visual art, and produce dramas to help individuals at these organizations to access personal creativity and encounter God.
Creative Arts Partnerships - Preventative
We are a catalyst for local schools serving at-risk communities who want to pioneer long-term arts programs and integrate creative arts into their holistic educational curriculum. We visit schools to build creative momentum in the school community in order to establish music programs (in addition to their current classes). Along the way, we continue to provide resources and logistical support when needed and enrich the program by sponsoring teachers to receive further training and connecting them to local artists.
Community Leadership Partnerships - Preventative
We work to equip leaders of the communities connected to partners to build healthy family relationships. These conferences offer support and encouragement to the leaders of the communities in order to strengthen communities.
Spanning across 5 nations, people from the Himalayas represent diverse cultural, historic, and religious heritages. Amidst the beautiful and challenging terrain, people from the Himalayas express their deep cultural identities, histories, and religions through the arts.
Post-colonialism has impacted Himalayan contexts, often causing political instability, under-representation, and minimal legal protections. Because of changing economic systems and globalisation, Himalayan communities also face unemployment. People from Himalayan villages commonly experience undocumented human-trafficking and village education is often neglected.
Our partners in the Himalayas are passionate about building vibrant communities and expressing God’s love. They are caring for their communities through holistic education in village schools and investment in local leaders. We are joining our partners to develop arts education and build local leaders in their communities.
In the 1970s the Khmer way of life was destroyed when the Communist “Khmer Rouge” overthrew the government and proceeded to “purify” the country of influence, from the previous government and Western culture. After the fall of the Khmer Rouge, the nation was taken over and occupied by the Vietnamese.
It was not until 1991 that the UN was able to help restore a semblance of peace and nationalism to the country. Since then the resilience and pride of the Cambodian people has progressed the nation far beyond the disrepair of the late 20th century. While much of the artistic culture was damaged by Pol Pot’s regime, several artists endured and have worked to continue the cultural traditions of their ancestors.
However, Cambodia still struggles with a vulnerable lower class affected by severe poverty. Due to a lack of employment opportunities and a steadfast conviction and cultural duty to provide for their families, many Khmer people will take job opportunities where they are likely to be exploited. For many girls, and young women, they feel that the only way to provide for their families is by working in the Adult Entertainment Sector – the commercial sex trade. Parents will also leave their children under the care of a relative, often a grandparent, and seek employment in another nation in order to provide for their families back home. While they may have access to legitimate work, these types of jobs are often exploitative.
Our partners in Cambodia have hearts to share the transformative love of God to the vulnerable and His restoring hope to those who have been victims of trafficking. They are caring for women, children, and even men who have been exploited by providing holistic restoration and seeking to prevent others from these atrocities through community support and quality education. We are coming alongside these organizations to provide ways for these communities to discover their own creativity as a restorative outlet and to become even stronger by learning, creating, and growing together.