In Search of Sanuk directly provides food, shelter, and educational support for survivors of torture and trauma, focusing special attention on at risk women and girls.

Overlooked, abused, discarded— Women often bear a disproportionate amount of trauma and guilt for societal ills. The Esteem Project aims to reinvigorate their lives by rebuilding their confidence through skills training, job placement, and other needs.

“The chief purpose is to give purpose!”

Whether discarded from broken families, fleeing abusive relationships, or forcefully separated from their loved ones, being able to provide for themselves and their families rejuvenates self-esteem and renews purpose.


Providing life skills training and job placement assistance is invaluable to the rehabilitation process. This may not only be the rehabilitation of a woman’s life, but is often also the restoration of dignity through her role in her family and community.

Types of skills: food preparation, embroidery, craft assembly

Types of jobs: barista, maid, kitchen staff, jewelry making

Currently this project also includes purchasing and distributing sanitary pads. With the help of a larger local NGOs these supplies have reached women in more than 50 needy families.

In the future we hope this project will also encompass health and wellness training, nutrition education, and family planning.

Help Support this Project as a Volunteer

If you would like to give your time and have the proper credentials and experience as a chef/nutritionist, seamstress, or pediatrician, we invite you to write to dwight [at]

Make a contribution to help us grow this project and restore the lives of more women!