Tamar Village was first established in 2010 and their main base is currently in Singapore. The heart of Tamar Village is to reach out and take time to stop for one person at a time and bring hope, help and healing to Red Light Districts, by walking a journey of restoration with individuals and family units.
They do this by running a Restoration Centre for men and ladies who have decided to leave the sex trade or have chosen to not be influenced by or involved in the trades of the Red Light District; gain a second chance in life and pursue a different trade.
Tamar Village is committed to walk with each individual and family unit, for as long as it takes to empower each person, to hope and dream again. They journey with each individual and family unit, in practical ways, that bring stability back into their lives and empower him/her to be the very best that he/she can be with regards to character, mindset, attitude, habits and career. Tamar Village also has a Children & Youth Focus – ACORN that provides free tuition and children programs.
The products sold here are hand-sewn by the ladies, and all the proceeds from the sales will go towards funding their journey of transformation into productive members of society once again.
The following story depicts a typical situation faced by streetwalkers
restored by Tamar Village
The Street Lady
She had been on the streets for years. Initially, she cringed at the idea of sleeping with a man she hardly knew. However, she had no money to feed her children. Filled with desperation, she forced herself to sell her body to earn some income for survival.
With low education and little skills, she did try to find a meaningful job but no one wanted to pay her an amount that could help her sustain her life and that of her children. Selling her body to men seemed to be the easiest way to make ‘quick money’. One man led to another man. One day led to another day. Weeks became months, and months became years. In time, she began to take drugs to numb herself from the pain she was feeling. In order to forget the worthless way that she was being treated by the men she slept with, she drank and smoked mindlessly – life became utterly meaningless.
Having been through great humiliation and a feeling of helplessness and shame, she heard of Tamar Village but hesitated to give herself a second chance. As time passed, she became really tired of not being treated with dignity and respect. With no one else to turn to, she finally decided that she needed help and walked through the doors of Tamar Village.