Where we work


Villa Talita, a safe house for our target group, was opened in the fall of 2012. The shelter, located at a secret address, has room for up to four women at a time. We strive to create a warm, safe environment. Villa Talita provides a place where the police, social services, and other authorities can offer a placement to women needing urgent help and protection. Overnight staff are present in the villa when necessary, and we have daytime staff and a 24/7 hotline. We are able to welcome women regardless of whether another authority pays for her placement, allowing us to even support undocumented women exploited commercial sexual exploitation.


When we considered starting operations in Romania, we decided to look for a partner organization, as there are several local NGOs working against human trafficking for sexual exploitation. A mapping of existing organizations in Romania, (Breaking Free), resulted in the establishment of a partnership between Talita and the organization FREE, who offer assistance to women exploited in human trafficking, prostitution and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation, including strip clubs.

Today, FREE runs the safe house Casa Talita where they offer the Talita method, financed by Talita Sweden.


Together with the organization Maisha (which means 'life' in Swahili), we founded 'Maisha Talita' with the aim of helping girls and women exit prostitution and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation in one of Nairobi's largest slum areas, Majengo. Maisha already runs sheltered accommodation for girls who have been subject to sexualized violence. However, when the police come into contact with a girl in a brothel or in street prostitution, the chances that she will be taken to a safe place where she can receive help and support are minimal. Maisha Talita wants to change this. Through prevention, outreach and support, we collaborate with local authorities and other actors to help our target group experience a new life.


Our Mongolian employees founded a local Talita organization in Mongolia in 2013, the first NGO in the country offering long-term support and safe houses for our target group. Talita Mongolia was also the first organization in the country licensed to work with children who have been subjected to commercial sexual exploitation. Talita Mongolia has adapted the Talita method to the Mongolian context and the work is financed by Talita Sweden.

The Phillippines

In the Philippines, the need for help among children and young people who are exploited in prostitution is enormous. Most are children living on the streets, who have no relatives or other adults taking care of them. Talita has founded a local organization focusing on these children and young people with the goal of opening safe houses in the future and offering Talita's long-term support program (adapted for children).


How to form a partnership

If a local actor abroad wants to start a partnership with Talita, the first step is a meeting and an evaluation of the needs in the country in question. One condition for continued discussions is that the potential partner agrees to and signs Talita's governing documents. Thereafter, an assessment is made regarding the level of cooperation that is most appropriate in the individual case:

Level 1 - Founding a local Talita organization

If there is no organization in the country or area working in a similar way as Talita, but there are enthusiasts ready to do the work, Talita can form an organization from scratch. Talita is then responsible for financing and implementing our method.

Level 2 - Partnership with independent local organization

If the actor is an existing organization that works in a similar way to Talita, a collaboration can be formed which means that the organization retains its identity, operations and governance but receives financial resources from Talita in order to implement the Talita method in its entirety (see below) and is regularly responsible for reporting and disclosing results.

Level 3 - Implementation of the Talita method

If the actor is an existing organization that works in a similar way to Talita and has financial resources, but there is no method for rehabilitation, a collaboration can be formed, whereby both actors are completely separate units but the local organization implements the Talita method, consisting of :

  • Educational materials in book form
  • Instructional films for all lessons
  • Compendium with relevant documents (e.g. template for future planning)
  • Written tutorial materials on the method as a whole

Use of Talita's material

Actors/organizations who do not cooperate with Talita can buy and use Talita's teaching materials. The material is available for sale in book form with accompanying instructional films.