School of Freedom: Fashion Arts
Field practicum: Cambodia and possibly Thailand– various locations
School begins: October 28, 2019. Three hour live interactive video classes are held weekly, except for certain holidays.
Field practicum: Approximately May 16 – June 2, 2019
Cost:$2,000 CAD – Tuition
Asia transportation fees: $300
Calendar of fees:
Acceptance fee is $100 CAD due within 14 days of acceptance letter.
First day of class Oct. 28, 2019 – $300 CAD.
Jan. 1, 2020: $1,600 CAD
March 1: $300 CAD transportation fee.
April 15: Proof of flights.
Costs for food and hotel: hotel approximately $25 USD per day shared occupancy. Single occupancy approximately $45 USD. Food Approximately $25 USD per day.
Based on $1,300 flights, the trip should be about $4,800-$5000
For those who wish to take the school and not travel, the cost is $2000 CAD
School of Freedom curriculum covers topics such as:
- Understanding the global problem of human trafficking
- Sex trafficking in Southeast Asia
- Textile industry labor conditions in Cambodia
- Cultural context: understanding Cambodia’s history and culture
- A former John’s perspective on prostitution
- Human trafficking interventions
- Cross-cultural missions: when helping hurts, and how to be effective instead
- Sexual trauma
- Vocational empowerment for survivors of trafficking
- Fashion micro-enterprises
- Strategic prayer and intercession
- Self-defense training
There will be a number of readings and school assignments throughout the term that will help students to process the information and prepare them for work in the area of human trafficking.
By the end of the school, students will be equipped to apply their knowledge in a group field practicum, and will be well-prepared to work in anti-trafficking efforts within established organizations on a short-term or long-term basis, along with other types of short- and long-term social justice work.
Field Practicum involves:
- Working with well-established organizations that provide aftercare and vocational training in fashion arts to survivors
- Delivering fashion arts skills workshops* to Cambodian and international staff, and formerly exploited women
- Supporting workshop leaders by assisting in workshops and through intercession
- Possible outreach to women and children at risk
- Visits to some important historical sites in Cambodia
*Workshops may include clothing, handbag, and accessory design; sewing techniques; jewelry-making; marketing and business practices; and other relevant topics.
Eligibility: You must be 18 years or older and have a valid passport. All applications will be prayerfully considered. Please note that the schedule will be packed and the activities and travel will be physically (and emotionally) demanding.
Candidates ideally have a heart for seeing the broken healed, a desire to help address human trafficking, a background and experience in fashion arts and/or marketing and growing a fashion-related business, experience in intercessory prayer, and spiritual maturity.
Because of the depth to which we cover topics related to physical, psychological, and sexual assault and trauma, we strongly recommend that those candidates that have experienced this in their past 1) disclose this to the senior leaders of the School of Freedom so that they can provide support and resources in the event that material is triggering, and 2) seek out Christian counselling to experience personal freedom and healing if they have not already done so.
A Little about Cambodia
Located in beautiful Southeast Asia, Cambodia is home to about 15 million people. The sex industry is well supported by both foreign purchasers of sex coming in from Western nations, other parts of Asia, and locals. There are two types of “girly” bars in Cambodia: The hostess bars that are oriented to Western foreigners, and the karaoke bars or bigger KTVs that are mainly oriented to local Khmer males and Asian tourists.
Many women and girls come from all over Cambodia to work in Phnom Penh, Svay Pak or Siem Riep looking for work, while others are trafficked there by family or friends. Some find themselves in KTV’s (karaoke bars) due to a lack of skills, education, and opportunities. Here, they become a commercial and re-saleable commodity.
Children are also sold to brothels or rented to traffickers by the hour or night to provide an income for families. Someone’s virginity can be sold for as high as $5,000 USD, with a small amount of this profiting the girl’s family, and the rest profiting the traffickers.
Traffickers find a vulnerability in families financially, such as a need for medicine or healthcare, food, and shelter. They lend a family money at exorbitant rates that compound beyond the family’s capabilities to repay. As a means of repayment, traffickers then offer to take the child to “work” in a nearby city.
Even from the womb, children born into poverty are vulnerable to traffickers who offer to purchase them for between $200-$500 USD while their mothers are pregnant with them. Begging rings are one of the most visible forms of human trafficking—and it’s largely financed and enabled by good-hearted people who just want to help and give spare change.
These children are drugged to sleep most of the 24 hours. As one walks by, they would see an impoverished mother with a sleeping child in her arms begging for food money. But in reality, the woman and child are being trafficked by an organized crime ring. These children are often sexually exploited and can be sold into labor rings and sex trafficking when they become too big to carry.
Offering empowering options to Cambodian families and serving established organizations who know what works best, is imperative to bring about change.
As you learn more about Cambodia, its belief system, culture, family, and push-pull factors, we believe that The Holy Spirit will begin to direct your steps into how your abolition calling will be utilized by Jesus. His plans for you on the global scene are going to change your life and the lives of those who are most vulnerable.
We are excited to teach and prepare you for taking the next steps internationally. We trust that your Heavenly Father has you in His grip and will strengthen you as you engage in this issue. We welcome you to this global work of Free people freeing people. We are excited to serve you. We know Jesus will help you fulfill the great commission to:
“Go into all the world and make disciples of every nation, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you… Fear not for I am with you even to the end of the age” Matt. 28:18-20