Dina Petrou, founded Damaris House in March 2016 and shares her joyful message with us as follows:
‘’This month calls for celebration at Community House Damaris, as we complete 5 years since we were officially established on March 16, 2016! This date brought the answer to my seven-year prayer for a safe, healing space for these precious women who were victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. It was the day I saw God answer the burden of my heart to establish a safe house and recovery program aimed specifically to meet the needs of the women whom I had been reaching out to for ten years in several brothels of downtown Athens. I am deeply grateful to God.
Since Damaris House has opened its doors in March of 2016 –
- 28 women have joined the program
- 16 babies have been born to women while in the program
- 32 children have had a mother participate in the program
All these milestones that God allowed us to reach and celebrate have lead me to envision the next step of this ministry. Specifically, that I dream of establishing a social businesses for the employment and financial support of our girls after graduating Phases I & II of the Day Program. This has been a burden in my heart all these years and I have been praying for the provision of the right business person – maybe from the States or Europe – to convey and expand this vision of mine.
The Glory belongs to God, to whom we keep giving thanks daily for His protection and Providence in all our needs. We thank Him for all of our supporters and all who have been praying and supporting us in many tangible ways. Please, keep praying that God gives us wisdom and discernment, that He is the One who guides our steps so that we can serve our girls effectively.
We continue with what we have, praying and looking with faith expectantly at what will come out of His hand.
Love in Christ,