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30.01.2011 in Human Trafficking Survivors

 January 25th, 2011:The differing value of money in amount as well as denomination becomes so sharply divided to me in a completely non-traditional sense, during international travel.  This week, using my photography skills to help hope-filled, girls relax while taking pictures of them (holding a card they’ve written their names, on decorated in a pretty way) in hopes of sponsorship to provide basic necessities illustrated that point in a forceful, underlined way.  Thirty dollars a month for 1 year, $360, provides one of these beautiful young people a full year at a good school.  I spend that much in cat food. 

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Small Things

30.01.2011 in Made By Survivors Programs

January, 2011: Back in India to check on the progress of the two new jewelry programs in Calcutta and Mumbai, our school- sponsored kids from the Kidderpore red light area and the WIF shelter home, the boarding school sponsored kids, and our partner programs in Calcutta.  We have also brought a small group of volunteers to do therapeutic arts projects with rescued survivors and born into brothels children. It’s a lot to do in two weekd.

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Leaving A Mark

29.01.2011 in Made By Survivors Programs

For the past three years I have traveled the world. Not the entire world, but far more of it than I ever had before. I thought I was really going places. I would return home to my children and grandchildren with stories and trinkets from exotic locations. But last week I discovered that I’d never really been anywhere or done anything. Sure, I’d snapped a few photos and sampled some local cuisine, but I’d left no real mark of any consequence. Last week I made my way to Kolkata, India, as part of a team of Made By Survivors volunteers.

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I am now committed

29.01.2011 in Human Trafficking Survivors

 We have spend the past two days at the first of two shelter homes we will be visiting. Today we return there again, and then one more visit next Friday, where apparently a film crew will be filming us for a piece on trafficking. They will be following us around on our last three days here, from the sounds of it. 

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Reflections on my upcoming trip, and the pros and cons of Made By Survivors’ growth

28.01.2011 in Made By Survivors Programs


I leave in a few days to join one of our volunteer trips that Sarah and Paul are leading in Kolkata. Reflecting on past trips, I recently realized this is the first group trip I have gone on in 4 years. I frequently visit our programs, but as we grew we needed to start specializing and focusing on our areas of strength. As the business guy, I have been doing the business trips so I can focus more on meeting partners, potential partners, program managers and our staff, and developing strategy.  If it was not for the fact that there is team doing a documentary on us I would not be going, but the trip has been a good catalyst for me to reflect on how we had to change with growth and some of the things I have probably missed along the way.


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