We take a loving and holistic approach to the prevention of human trafficking and abuse by protecting and empowering those in the most vulnerable and impoverished communities. Through key partnerships, we facilitate the rescue and restoration of those who are being abused and/or trafficked. Our holistic approach to prevention endeavors to address human trafficking in its entirety by reaching individuals, families, and communities through providing support physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Iris Phnom Penh was founded in 2007 as The Mission Worldwide (TMW). We operate in Cambodia as an international NGO recognized by the Cambodian government under that name. Iris Phnom Penh / TMW is a registered charity with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (Charity number NIC108385).
Set Free Project
We run a Day Center in one of the most impoverished communities in Phnom Penh where children and families are most at risk of being trafficked and abused. This center is a place of refuge where both adults and children are welcomed with open arms. Throughout the week we hold Kids’ Clubs where we worship, play games, provide food, teach lessons on various topics, and most importantly share the Gospel. We also provide adult discipleship classes because we believe in reaching families as a whole, not just the children. Our social work team regularly meets families to support and empower them into a better life. This includes practical help with children’s education, finances, accommodation, food, and clothing as well as spiritual encouragement and support. In some extreme cases our social workers partner with local authorities to rescue children, individuals and families being abused and/or trafficked. We plan to duplicate this program in other at-risk communities to reach more of God’s Cambodian Bride.
True Light Outreach
In the evenings we go into the streets of the red-light area to reach children and families living and working there. We reach this area by setting up Kids’ Club on the sidewalks and by building relationships with children and families. Through these relationships our teachers and social workers are able to assess situations and assist families in practical ways to support and empower them into a better life. In extreme cases our social workers partner with local authorities to assist and rescue children, individuals and families being abused and/or trafficked. This is a popular tourist area, with many opportunities for street evangelism and sharing the Gospel. We would love to see the project grow to reach and empower even more children, individuals, and families. Following the end of Covid restrictions, we are also planning to restart our ministry to share the love of Christ with the ladies working in bars and brothels in the area.
Periodically our team travels on short-term outreaches to various provincial areas where the risk of exploitation and human trafficking is greatest. The first and most important goal of these outreaches is preaching the Gospel, praying for the sick, and house visits for more personal ministry and prayer. We believe that we are called to make disciples, not simply converts, so where possible we partner with a local church or pastor so that new converts can be linked with a community of believers and discipled. Our second goal is to teach on the dangers of both labor and sex trafficking and how to stay safe from them through separate training sessions for adults and children. The program also includes fun activities, kids’ clubs, games, worship, and snacks, and we round out the time of outreach by blessing the community. Children receive school supplies and families food packages. We conduct ‘single day outreaches’ once a month to villages nearby Phnom Penh and ‘multi-day outreaches’ once or twice each year to various provinces across Cambodia.