Springs of Living Water, founded in 2019, rescues young women and children from human trafficking in Ethiopia and provides them with vital services and training in its 20-bed Samaritan House.

How SLW Came About

Springs of Living Water Samaritan House is one of only two human trafficking victim shelters in all of Ethiopia. While staying at Samaritan House, victim survivors receive trauma-free support and services, a bible, bible studies, and vocational and life-skills training. This past year, Samaritan House served 40 such survivors.

Sex trafficking is a type of human trafficking or modern-day slavery in which individuals are solicited, coerced, and transported for the sole purpose of commercial sex acts. In Ethiopia, trafficking tends to target individuals who live in abject poverty and are economically and politically marginalized. Its horror stories are heartbreaking.

The story of the genesis of Springs of Living Water, founded by Bereket Mamo, is an interesting and inspiring one. After a year in the field, Bereket Mamo became aware of the plight of women and girls who are commercially and sexually exploited. She began to meet regularly with them, and so began the creation of Springs of Living Water, a non-profit, Christian organization founded on the belief that Jesus Christ is the Living Water.

Addressing sex trafficking holistically involves tackling the physical needs, as well as the spiritual needs of those who hunger and thirst for the spring of living water. Springs of Living Water rescues young women and children from human sex trafficking and connects them with Jesus Christ, loving them as Christ loved the church and offering spiritual and unconditional love, emotional Samaritan, and vocational training.

We invite you to join us in this mission.

For more about SLW, please check out this video from our founder.

The name “Springs of Living Water” is derived from the Gospel of John.

“But if anyone drinks the living water I give them, they will never thirst again and will be forever satisfied! For when you drink the water I give you it becomes a gushing fountain of the Holy Spirit, springing up and flooding you with endless life!”

John 4:14 TPT

“He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, from his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.”

John 7:38 AMPC

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