Support and restoration of individuals in prostitution to freedom, self-worth and healing, in Jesus' name.
What is Nea Zoi?
Nea Zoi is located in Athens, Greece. It is a Christian non-government organisation which strives to support individuals in prostitution. It aims to restore men and women to life outside the sex industry. International Teams Australia is privileged to partner with Nea Zoi and their associated educational programme/business; Threads of Hope.
Why is Nea Zoi needed for individuals in Athens’ sex industry?
Prostitution and sex slavery is an area of great concern in Athens, Greece. Athens is both a destination and a transit country for people being trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Intervention to rescue and restore individuals from this industry is vital.
In Athens, men and women can work in legal brothels, or may have been trafficked and are being forced to work in prostitution against their will. Individuals in prostitution are often isolated from and marginalised by the rest of society. They are often the victims of abuse and feel powerless to find a way out of their own situation.
What can Nea Zoi do to help?
Nea Zoi’s outreach programmes establish relationships with those in prostitution through emotional, spiritual and practical support. The care, information and training Nea Zoi offers empowers individuals with the belief that change is possible and gives them confidence to embrace the possibility of a new life outside the sex industry.
The goal of Nea Zoi is to see the men and women to whom they minister restored. Nea Zoi helps individuals to understand themselves as valuable, as people who are worthy of freedom from prostitution and sex slavery. Nea Zoi’s ultimate purpose is to see individual understand that they are known by God; their heavenly Father who loves them.
International Teams Australia also supports Brett Miners and Foss Fizelle, long-time volunteers at Nea Zoi. Brett and Foss travel to Athens twice each year to provide pastoral care to Nea Zoi’s workers and volunteers, and to help build the capacity of the organisation.