The Phoenix Phase Initiative

Be the Spark that Kindles Hope

Mission

To meet the immediate needs of women who have been sexually trafficked by providing a safe environment where they can work toward personal and spiritual restoration in addition to occupational self-sufficiency.

Ruling year info

2019

President

Collin Barnes

Main address

916 S 6th Ave W

Newton, IA 50208 USA

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EIN

84-1884601

NTEE code info

Victims' Services (P62)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Around the world, there are over four million victims of sex trafficking. In the United States, there are many charities and organizations who aim to help these women. However, there are very few organizations established specifically to help women abroad. That is how The Phoenix Phase Initiative was born. We want to help sexually trafficked women develop occupational skills so they can leave The Life and have a solid set of skills they can draw from to generate an income.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Arua Center

This will be an occupational training center for sexually trafficked women in the Arua District in Uganda.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants reporting risky sexual behaviors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Arua Center

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This will demonstrate the amount of trust we have gained in the villages and how safe/comfortable women feel coming to us for help.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goals of The Phoenix Phase Initiative are simple. We want to help as many sexually trafficked women as possible develop occupational training so they can create better lives for themselves and their children. Along with this training, they would also receive financial guidance, personal counseling, and self-defense skills.

After gaining these skills for approximately ten months, the women would then be able to apply for jobs as skilled laborers or start their own small businesses. Ideally, they can also train other women so that the small spark that we started will spread like wildfire through the impoverished areas.

Our strategies differ depending on the specific needs of the area where we are working. In each area, it is crucial that we partner with knowledgeable locals who can instruct us on the customs and culture while providing us with insight as to which projects would best benefit these trafficked women. It would be foolish for us to go into an area and assume we know what is best for them. Instead, we need to listen to their needs and build our project around them.

Once the training center is built, we will house 8-12 sexually trafficked women for up to ten months. After ten months, they must leave the training center because we do not want anybody to feel enabled. This is not a handout; it is an opportunity. While they are in the training center, they will learn several skills that are needed in that location (sewing, housekeeping, cooking, etc...). Additionally, they will receive counseling to help deal with the trauma of their experiences, and financial planning skills so the money they make from their new occupations can grow and spread.

While the women are making items to practice their skills, those items can be sold in local markets so that they are already generating a small income while in the training center. Once they graduate, they should have enough resources available for them to buy a small sewing machine and supplies or other items necessary for them to start their businesses on a firm foundation.

The Phoenix Phase Initiative comes from humble beginnings. We are just a few people who feel God's calling to

So far, we have undergone the massive amounts of paperwork required to become a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the state of Iowa. We have created an official organization and have established our Board of Directors who will ensure that our mission and vision are being implemented with fidelity. Also, we have created strong ties to various people in Uganda (where we will have our first training center) and have a trusted contact who will be able to oversee operations "on the ground."

Stateside, we have also created our website, mission, and vision, and we are beginning the fundraising stage of our project. This will be the most time-consuming part, but it is inevitable. Our organization has also been building a base of supporters via Facebook and other social media platforms so that The Phoenix Phase Initiative will be well-known and people will understand the importance of our projects and will support us both prayerfully and financially.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Phoenix Phase Initiative

Board of directors
as of 5/11/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Collin Barnes

The Phoenix Phase Initiative

Danielle Barnes

The Phoenix Phase Initiative