acet UK and Nehemiah Project’s work together focuses on the Shining Star Project which seeks to bring transformational change to the lives of female sex workers in Bulawayo. The Shining Star Project trains women to become sexual health peer educators so they can share newfound knowledge and improve the health of other sex workers in the community. Through income generation skills, business management skills, and vocational training courses, the peer educators are invited to explore new talents and create pathways out of the sex trade for those ready to take this courageous step.
A key part of the Shining Star Project is to share their successful model of working with local churches so that female sex workers are openly embraced by church families. Many churches have the resources necessary to support sex workers but lack the skills needed to effectively minister to these women. The Shining Star Project mentors and coaches churches as they develop ministries and share Christ’s love and hope.
As the only church-based project in Bulawayo reaching out to female sex workers, Shining Star focuses on a holistic approach that involves building relationships and helping women to understand that they are unique and precious in God’s eyes.