Jabez House facilitates the transition of female sex workers from sex work via alternative economic empowerment opportunities. Our services include:
- Vocational Training in areas such as Cakes and Pastries, Nail Technology, Hairdressing and Sewing
- Access to sexual and reproductive health care including tests for HIV/AIDS & Sexually Transmitted Infections, pap smears and general health checks
- Individual counseling and group therapy
- Training in Conversational English for Spanish-speaking non-nationals
- Provision of food, toiletries and clothing
Here are some initiatives that have played a part in mission:
Local Capacity Initiative with CARICOM – 2017
The objective of the Local Capacity Initiative, sponsored by CARICOM, is to create partnerships with private sector businesses and advocate for the employment of female sex workers in a nondiscriminatory environment.
The project components include engagement of the private sector to establish partnerships for employing skilled female sex workers; provision of psychosocial support and vocational training; and surveys among employers and female sex workers.
“Profesionales del Sexo – Vía a la Productividad” – 2017
The “Profesionales del Sexo – Vía a la Productividad” project is funded by the National HIV/AIDS Commission. The objective is to build the capacity of Jabez House to reach Spanish-speaking female sex workers in Barbados in order to facilitate greater access and uptake of services offered to this group.
The project includes Spanish lessons for Jabez House personnel as well as English classes for the Spanishspeaking female sex workers. Additional components are vocational training, business development mentorship and psycho-social support for the ladies. Research will also be carried out to better understand the profile of the Spanish-speaking clients and the factors that drove them into sex work in Barbados.
“Go Getter” sponsored by The Sandals Foundation – 2018
The Go Getter initiative funded six courses in vocational training and economic empowerment opportunities to the women in hair dressing, makeup artistry, cakes and pastry making, information technology for business and business etiquette over a 15 week period. Twelve weeks will be spent in training with the remaining three weeks to be used to provide mentorship to the women. The project will also include psycho-social support for the group.
Butterfly Boulevard – 2018
Jabez House is happy to announce that after months (and years) of planning, the BUTTERFLY BOULEVARD Housing Project is up and running!! This housing assistance is a necessary addition to the current list of services offered to the clients we serve. The families now residing are grateful to have a safe space.