Our project started with a first survivor (other than Esther) who we wanted to help get out of the cult. We have mapped out what is needed when someone steps out of the cult; and gradually this approach is deepening. The commitment needed is different for each individual, but the basis remains the same.
For example, trauma processing is very important. Without trauma processing, there is no processing and no (permanent) recovery. Finding a (trauma) therapist is not easy. And more hours of support are needed than are covered by the standard reimbursement.
A gracious and safe living environment is also necessary. A warm place and peace to grow in recovery. This also requires safety measures, such as strict abstinence from digital resources, and no door/window from which the survivor can leave when there is a personality part that would want to do so.
Project Esthers covers the whole picture of the tailor-made help a survivor needs to build a new life over a period of about 1.5 years. The cost for such a pathway is about €20,000 a year. We think we will eventually be able to start counselling three survivors simultaneously. With a basic cash fund of 60,000 euros, we can get straight to work when a request for help is made. In the first year, we can then set up further fundraising for the respective survivor.â
Donations for this project are tax-deductible (the foundation has ANBI status). More information can be found on our donation page.
We hope to help many survivors!