Dec 3 newsletter 201010 Dec 2010, by Uncategorized in
In Their Own Words All year long I’ve shared – in my blog, newsletters, and on our website – how I feel about slavery and about our girls’ incredible potential. Now you can hear what our survivors themselves have to say. Learn what matters to former slaves, and what they want you to know about them, their dreams, and how we should go about ending slavery forever:
"Before I joined this program, I had no scope to express myself. Now I feel like I have my childhood back" Asha, Calcutta Jewelry Program. "Sweeping social changes need to start in the home – husbands need to respect their wives, parents need to value their daughters, educating rather than selling them or using their labor. Then larger scale social change will follow" Kali, Calcutta Destiny Center. "We are like ivy. You can hurt us, you can cut us down, but you can’t completely break us. Everything that has happened has only made us stronger". Carmen, New York City GEMS jewelry program "We want the best for our children – to go to school rather than to work. And for ourselves, only the chance to choose our work, and to be paid for it, to care for our families and to help others. So I hope you will support us". Rekha, Firojpur, India, a mother of children in our Freedom School. The entire family was recently freed from slavery in a quarry. Read more quotes from survivors
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We need your support to help more women and children achieve permanent freedom from slavery. This holiday season, every donation you make to our programs to help survivors of human trafficking will be double matched by our fantastic supporter Humanity United. So if you give $100, the match will be $200 for a total of $300! Our overhead is covered for 2011 by a foundation grant so ALL donations will go directly to programs for survivors and people still trapped in slavery, including the Brick by Brick Campaign to build a schoolhouse and employment center for 150 survivors in Mumbai, our Jewelry Programs in Calcutta and Mumbai, and Education for child survivors of slavery (to cover children that we send to school who do not yet have individual sponsors). Please help as you are able, and thank you so much for your concern!