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One has to be flexible, patient, and hydrated in India

03.08.2010 in Uncategorized

After waiting a bit at one shelter for a driver (who we never saw due to traffick), witnessing a women get hit by a car (she walked away, no worries), and downing half my water in the over 100 degree heat (gotta love humidity), we got some directions and headed out to Nijoloy, the other shelter that we are volunteering at. Looking out at the passing city I felt as though Kolkata is a city in transformation and probably has been and will be for years. We past numerous unfunished buildings, some were be lived in or worked in.

Its different to see dogs and cows walking the streets like they are humans going about their daily business. No one bats an eye, so neither do I. Riding in a car here is like being on a roller coaster, "please keep arms and hands in the car at all time until we come to a complete stop". But after playing chicken with numerous cars, again…you got to go with it, embrace the experience and hold on!

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Freedom Festival 2010

29.07.2010 in Uncategorized

So I’ll gladly take this opportunity as a chance to proudly promote a very special upcoming event.  Saturday, August 14th will be the 2nd annual Freedom Festival to benefit The Emancipation Network.  If you are anywhere in the area stop by Heritage Museums and Gardens, at 62 Grove Street in Sandwich, Massachusetts.  We have a full lineup of artists planned to start at 3:00 and end at 10:30.  Tickets are $25 and children under fourteen are free!  All proceeds will go to TEN in an effort to reach more survivors, more women and children at risk of trafficking, and assi

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Thanks Rosie and the team at Rosie Radio!

26.07.2010 in Uncategorized

Rosie O'Donnell and Sarah Symons discuss Human TraffickingI was on Rosie Radio with Rosie O'Donnell, and not only did I have a great time, but  Rosie's listeners really came through and supported Made By Survivors!  So a big thanks to Rosie, her senior producer Deirdre and the entire crew.  If you missed the show – we put the interview to pictures and you can hear/watch it here:

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Ashchee, dear survivors, ashchee!

15.07.2010 in Uncategorized

It’s 5am as I write this blog, sitting in Smarita’s living room. The crows are already starting their morning rounds and the sun is shining through the windows. Any other day I’d actually enjoy this moment. But I’m leaving in an hour, and don’t have the emotional strength to appreciate the natural beauty.

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Salute to Becky Bavinger!

15.07.2010 in Uncategorized

This week Becky Bavinger, Co-Founder of Destiny/Reflections and TEN’s representative in India is coming back to the United States after 3 years of living and working in India. Becky has done an amazing job of positively impacting the lives of hundreds of people that she has come in contact with over the years and her impact will be felt for a very long time to come. Words can not express how invaluable and successful Becky has been and we at TEN/Made By Survivors consider ourselves lucky to have had her partnership. This weekend, as Becky takes the next step in her journey at NYU this fall, we want to take some time to honor her and the work she has done.

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