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Not For Sale Netherlands

is part of an international organisation
that uses social enterprises to fight human trafficking.

The Dutch foundation has been active since 2012 and operates independently. Its mission is to offer victims of human trafficking a new perspective on their future. This is done by offering education and training at the social enterprises of Dignita Amsterdam. The first social enterprise Dignita Vondelpark opened in September 2015 (read more about the results they have achieved so far here) and in April 2017 the second project Dignita Hoftuin opened for business.

Within the Dignita restaurants former trafficking victims can get training and gain work experience. With newly acquired skills and recovered confidence they build on a new and independent life. This prevents them from falling back into the hands of traffickers.
For more information about Not For Sale international click here.

Our strategy

In 2012 Not For Sale begins training victims of human trafficking who are staying in an Amsterdam shelter. These people are often socially isolated and at the time, there are very little daily activities available to keep them occupied. In a professional kitchen, the victims learn to prepare healthy soups and salads. After the course, they receive a Not For Sale-certificate. With the work experience and the acknowledgement of their capabilities by way of the certificate, the participants develop self-esteem. They feel like they are part of society again and dare to make plans for the future. This supports the recovery process of the victims.

In collaboration with the Regional Education Centre (ROC) of Amsterdam, Not For Sale further develops the basic training in 2015. The foundation now offers licensed work experience courses at the social enterprise of Dignita, which is also accredited for apprenticeships. Here, victims of human trafficking can follow various courses, from basic kitchen techniques to intermediate vocational education, with intensive guidance.

Products that are made during training are on the menu of the Dignita restaurants. They are also sold by volunteers in the red-light district of Amsterdam. This way the women working behind the windows are able to buy a healthy meal.

Because of the training and the gained work experience, victims have the prospect of a paid position or further education of their own choice; of a new future in the Netherlands or in the country of origin. The distance to the labour market is reduced and it stimulates re-integration in society.

Not For Sale would like to open up more branches of Dignita in the Netherlands. This will create more training places for victims of human trafficking. The long-term vision of the foundation is to export the concept to the countries were most of the victims are from, to get to the root of the problem. To accomplish this, Not For Sale needs support. You can help us in different ways.

Our impact


Results

188 trainees followed the basic training course

29 trainees followed training modules at the ROC

2 trainees completed an apprenticeship year

9 participants found a paid position