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13 Jan 2011, by elance programmer in Made By Survivors Programs

In one week I will be returning to India with the organization Made by Survivors. With me, I will be bringing a quilt. This quilt was my arts and crafts project from last year’s trip where I had each child put their handprint, name and fantastic decorations on a 6×6 piece of cloth. Every single one was so fun and creative and the pieces came out absolutely beautiful. But, when I got home there was one problem…. I can’t sew. So like any responsible 27 year old, I turned to my mom for help. My mom and one of her good friends took all the pieces and proceeded to spend hours upon hours sewing together the beautiful quilt for children who live a world away from their home in Massachusetts. These are children they will never meet, yet they still embraced the project. They put months of hard work and a lot of love into making the quilt so that I will be able to return with it next week. This is one of the reasons why I love this organization. Made by Survivors inspires people to act. They unite people from all over the world with one common goal: To help women and children rescued from or at high risk of being trafficked. Made by Survivors gives regular people like me and my mom the tools to become modern day abolitionists.  By simply hosting an awareness event or buying your mother or girlfriend a piece of jewelry made by one of these women we are uniting in the fight against human trafficking. It is in this spirit of unity and human connections that I will be traveling back to India, with the firm belief that everything each of us does no matter how big or how small, can and will make a difference in the lives of these amazing women and children.

8 COMMENTS
  • Anonymous Reply

    I am so excited for you to be returning to India with your quilt. I know everyone is going to love it and will find a wonderful place to put it on display. You continue to amaze me every day and I can’t wait to hear your stories and see your pictures when you return.
    xx Emily

  • Anonymous Reply

    Why does this not surprise me? Since you were a little girl, you have always been doing for others. Now you do it a continent away. You are an amazing young woman who I, for one, am very proud to know. Keep up the big work. Someday we will be voting for Bernadette for President. Have a saafe trip and do God’s work… I love you. Becky

  • Anonymous Reply

    I’m On Board With Becky! Berna, you’ve found a worthy endeavor. We can’t save the whole world, but we can each try to save a little piece of it.
    Love you, Laura

  • Anonymous Reply

    Hey Bernadette – I am so jealous I cannot return to India with you. Please, please post photos of the quilt so we can all see how amazing it looks. Have fun and say hi to everyone for me! -Victoria

  • Anonymous Reply

    I’m so proud of you and this one of many reasons I love you! I’m here to support you and help in any way you need. I can’t wait to see your pictures and hear about this trip. I know you will touch many hearts over there. love Jeff

  • Anonymous Reply

    Bernadette, your quilt was one of the best volunteer projects ever! i can’t wait to see the finished product, and to serve with you again. thank you for all the love and commitment you have poured into this work. Thank you for holding the girls in your heart throughout the year, and for coming back.

  • Anonymous Reply

    Enjoy your travels and thanks for dedicating yourself to helping others and making a positive change in our world. I am proud of you! Keep leading by example and fighting for what you believe in! Hugs and kisses, Steph

  • Anonymous Reply

    Bernadette,

    This is amazing what you’re doing, I would LOVE to know more about it, I wish that I was able to make trips like these. I am about to finish my masters in social work and we have talked quite a bit about human trafficking. Is there a way you could add me to an email list so I can track your blogs? I’m going to head over to the website for this organization to see if and how I can get involved. Thanks for sharing and enjoy this experience!!!

    Gina Ascani Thompson

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