The Garden of Hope Foundation is a non-government, not-for-profit organization established in 1988 to help and empower disadvantaged girls and women in Taiwan. In particular, we assist those living under sexual exploitation and abuse, domestic violence, and human trafficking. This includes both Taiwanese citizens and immigrants from Southeast Asia.
The Garden of Hope operates one of the major national networks of shelters and centers for women and girls. Additionally, the Garden of Hope provides comprehensive services in counseling, temporary housing, employment training, social work and legal aid for women and girls in need. In addition to victim's services, the Garden of Hope recognizes the importance of advocacy, preventive actions and legal protection in eliminating violence against women and girls. Since our establishment, we have led and participated in several multi-organizational efforts to draft and pass key bills, including the Child and Juvenile Sexual Transaction Prevention Act in 1995, the Domestic Violence Prevention Act in 2000 and the Sexual Assault Prevention Act.
In addition to being actively involved with creating new legislation, the Garden of Hope is regularly included in high-level policy consultation and committees on the welfare of women and children, particularly on issues of sexual exploitation and abuse. The Garden of Hope actively participates in Taiwan's United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) working group and the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women and the associated NGO panels.
In 2003, Garden of Hope – New York has been established to help the survivors of domestic violence. In 2011, we have started Garden of Hope-Cambodia for the victims of human trafficking.
The Garden of Hope has been recognized by national and international award organizations for our achievements and outstanding individual staff. In 2004, the Garden of Hope was awarded the "Asia Pacific NGO of the Year Award" from a pool of 76 qualified NGOs from the region. In 2005, the Garden of Hope was voted for Ashoka Foundation's Changemakers Innovation Award and honored at the World of Children Awards with the Kellogg's Child Development Award.