MORE THAN 165 YEARS ACCOMPANYING AND SERVING WOMEN IN SITUATIONS OF VIOLENCE IN ALL ITS FORMS
We are part of the Sisters Adorers' congregation, a community of women believers in the living and present God in our lives. We support and accompany other women who are being exploited by prostitution, trafficking and other forms of violence around the world.
We are live in 25 countries and four continents: Africa, South America, Asia and Europe.
The mission of the sister adorers, is to provide support to women through compassionate welcome, active listening and solidarity with their suffering.
We fight for the defense of Human Rights and we oppose any form of action against women that does not respect their dignity, their rights and their freedom.
We work in collaboration with other public and private organizations to empower and recognize women as an active and living part of society.
Maria Micaela Viscountess of Jorbalan 1846
The Congregation of Adorers was founded in 1856 in Madrid, Spain by María Micaela, Vizcondesa de Jorbalan.
Micaela was born in 1809 into the Spanish aristocracy with the fearless temperament of her father and the compassionate heart of her mother. As a noblewoman, Micaela spent much of her time supporting charities and attending social events. During one of Micaela's charity visits to Saint John of God Hospital, she met a young woman who had been deceived and forced into prostitution.
This encounter deeply challenged Micaela and led her to question her comfortable and privileged life. She went through periods of struggle that few understood or accepted, including her family, and eventually she decided to leave her wealth, title, and position to dedicate herself to living and caring her wealth for women.
She went through periods of struggle that few understood or accepted, including her family, and eventually she decided to leave her wealth, title, and position to dedicate herself to living and caring for women. In 1845, her Micaela opened her first house. Discovering a great need in the society of the time and for the women of the street "no one protects a woman from bad living" she would say in the language of the time. She worked tirelessly to integrate women into society and to have a decent life. At the end of her life, she had opened 7 shelters for women victims of prostitution.
In 1856 she founded the Congregation of the Adorer Sisters in response to an urgent need of her time, "to liberate and promote women victims of prostitution." She died the Martyr of Charity, while taking care of the women and her Sisters during a cholera epidemic in Valencia-Spain in 1865.Micaela was a passionate and radical woman who endured many difficulties in her vocation. She drew courage and strength from her deep Christian faith, and more than 165 years later, her pedagogy of love - love, acceptance, understanding, respect, forgiveness, patience and mercy - continues to inspire people around the world to continue the work that she started.
The first sisters of Adorers arrived in Cambodia in 2003 at the proposal of a group of Japanese lay missionaries who knew the mission of the congregation, and they transmit us the need of so many women in the country who are in a situation of prostitution and treats.
In the same year, the religious adoratrices, in order to start their social activity and in accordance with the legal regulations in Cambodia, constitute the RENACER, WALK WITH WOMEN Association, an INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION with legal headquarters in Japan and delegation in Cambodia.
1)To protect and assist
the young girls and women most in danger of trafficking and sexual exploitation
against her will, in Cambodia. Defense of the human rights of women in their
2)To empower those girl and women who are in the most vulnerable and high-risk situations because of poverty and lack of education, by counseling, capacity building and vocational training.
3)To support them in their social reintegration and self-independence by Income Generating Programs and also Step-house providing program.
From 2003 to 2007 is a time of insertion, in the Khmer culture and language. After those years of learning and immersion in the Cambodian reality, we legally registered our social organization in the country. It is the year 2007.
There will be a first shelter in Phnom Penh and another in Siam Reap, accompanied by their respective sisters adores.
Its objective is to offer reception and support to women and their children who are in situations and in contexts of exclusion, sexual abuse, domestic violence, exclusion due to pregnancy, forced marriage and human trafficking for their sexual exploitation, in a process of social integration and normalization of life, from a fundamental rights perspective.
THE MISSION CONTINUES at The Shelter in Phnom Penh, welcoming women in a situation of exclusion, always from the attitude and feeling with which we can proclaim, "Talitha Kum", woman, get up!
Eighteen years later, from that first encounter with the reality of women in Cambodia, back in 2003, society has changed a lot, and the social and political advances in our country have been many, but since RENACER, we continue shouting TALITHA KUM !, WOMAN STAND UP !, from a feeling of mercy, justice, equanimity
Many women who have passed
through our shelters and have been REBIRTH again
to a life fully integrated in society.