In 2005, Courage Worldwide was founded to simply help people find their purpose. But in 2007, we learned we live in a world where children are sold for sex.
We vowed to do something—something that would protect these vulnerable children and propel them into their future. We vowed to give them hope and a home.
Courage Worldwide has operated trauma- and survivor-informed residential safe houses since 2010—2 minor homes and 2 over-18 homes, located in Northern California and Moshi, Tanzania.
In May 2010, Courage House Nor Cal opened on a limited basis for young women over 18 who had been trafficked while awaiting the minor state license. At the same time, the Courage Safe House in Tanzania opened with 6 minors. In mid 2011, the California license for a level-12 group home was granted and 6 minor victims were placed on its campus. The campus was on a 50-acre rural ranch, including the home, a barn, an onsite school, and horses for equine therapy. Between 2010 and 2017, 41 victims aged 12 to 17 were served with stays ranging from 3 months to 32 months, though CWW received over 325 calls for placement.
In 2016, due to policy change and regulatory issues in the state of California, the Courage Worldwide Board of Directors voted to phase out the home for minors and transition to a safe house for victims who were over the age of 18 and who were former Courage House residents as minors.
In 2018, the Courage Worldwide Board of Directors elected to sell the 50 acre ranch in Northern California as the property was too remote for the over 18 victims who needed access to transportation, education, and employment opportunities. A house was then rented for these former residents and operated as the over-18 home until 2020 when COVID-19 hit the world. Though the over-18 home was phased out, Courage Worldwide continues to provide resources and services for previous residents of Courage House as they move forward in their healing journey.
The home in Tanzania opened in 2010 with 6 beds in a leased space and is now a 2-acre campus on land owned by Courage Worldwide with, as of August 2022, capacity for 60 survivors and 20 of their children. This campus also has an onsite school for residents and a preschool for their children. Between 2010-2021, over 90 victims of trafficking have been served. Courage Worldwide’s second Moshi campus, Courage House (CH) Too, is a transition safe house with capacity for 40 residents over 18 and their children. On this campus, vocational, life, and job skills; English and computer lessons; and continued therapy, counseling, and mentoring are provided. College tuition assistance is provided for those pursuing education.
The third Moshi location is the Courage Café and Events Center. Opened in 2021, the café provides vocational training and employment opportunities to residents over 18. The café also provides local funding for Courage Worldwide’s programs and hosts training, education, and awareness-raising events. In 2022, Courage Worldwide opened offices in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with plans to open CH Dar es Salaam there by 2024.
We are committed to not only rescuing child victims of sex trafficking, but also to restoring their lives…one individual at a time.