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Living the Dream

12.01.2010 in Uncategorized

The beginning of the year is always an exciting time full of fresh starts and renewed energy, but here at TEN it takes on an extra special meaning. This is the time of the year when we take a group of volunteers over to India to visit some of our projects and partners working to support survivors of trafficking; and if your lucky to be one of those volunteers you’ll never be the same again.

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Reflecting on 2009

07.01.2010 in Uncategorized

 Reflecting on 2009 and the year of change it has been, I keep coming back to the faces, smiles, stories and hopefulness of the people we help through MadeBySurvivors.

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Obama declares January ‘National Human Trafficking Prevention Month’

07.01.2010 in Uncategorized

One of the first and biggest obstacles to overcoming modern slavery is the lack of public awareness and outcry.  If we found out there were people being kept as slaves in our own hometown, shouldn’t we all drop everything to march in the streets and rush to rescue those people?  Oh, wait… there are slaves in many of our hometowns.  There are children working as slaves in factories and quarries and brothels and private homes and begging in the streets all over this global village – in many cases, these slaves are right out in the open for anyone to see.  So where is the public outcry?  Thanks to many heroic people around the world who have dropped everything else they were doing to respond to the emergency of slavery, the tide is beginning to turn. President Obama has just declared January to be ‘National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month’

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Inspiring Message from Nepal – 9 years helping survivors

02.12.2009 in Uncategorized

I think you will enjoy this moving and deeply personal letter from Silvio Silva, Director of one of our partner agencies in Nepal – Apple of God’s Eye. This organization just celebrated its nine year anniversary in Nepal, and they are now caring for 170 survivors and street children and helping hundreds more through education and outreach programs.

In 2010, we will be launching a new initiative with Apple of God’s Eye – marketing the handmade, fair trade rugs made by AOGE survivors – to individuals, faith communities, and colleges across America. Stay tuned because we are going to need everyone’s help to make this new program a success.

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Destiny’s New Mascot

27.11.2009 in Uncategorized

A few weeks ago, I came into our office and heard what sounded like a kitten crying. But to my surprise, one of the women came downstairs carrying a puppy. He is what the Indians call a "deshi kutta" country dog or "neri kurkur" bald dog. Basically, a street dog. Apparently they had heard him crying outside and went to find him. He had been put in a box by some of the local children, who said his mother either died or abandoned him.

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Help your cause while helping human trafficking survivors

17.11.2009 in Uncategorized

Times are tough for charities and donations are down. In tough times we need to work together, so Made By Survivors has created a program that lets you support your favorite charity while helping survivors of human trafficking and slavery.

All you have to do is fill out this form and let us know about the charity you want to support. Then we will email you a promotion code and we will donate 25% or all sales of Made By Survivors gifts purchased with that code. Send that code to all your friends so they can use their holiday shopping to help!

You can support any kind of charity or fundraiser, school, club or place of worship.  Please spread the word about this program!

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Incredible Slavery Survivor-Activists honored at Freedom Awards

16.11.2009 in Uncategorized

The annual Freedom Awards event in Los Angeles, hosted by FreetheSlaves,  brought international attention to the abolition cause, and honored unsung heroes such as Sina Vann from Cambodia and Veero from Pakistan – both survivors of slavery who have dedicated their lives to rescuing others from slavery.

I was blown away, and humbled, by one small detail of Veero’s story: In order to get resources to help rescue her neighbors from bonded labor slavery on farms or in heavy industy, Veero sometimes sells a pot from her own kitchen.  I know sometimes I think I work hard, or have given up a lot to do this work, but imagine if you had just two pots, and you had to sell one of them to free a neighbor?!  Veero lives in a simple thatched dwelling with a dirt floor – from this no-frills headquarters, she has helped several hundred people to freedom.  Talk about keeping it real! 

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Gaining confidence

11.11.2009 in Uncategorized

 A few weeks ago, our new intern Adria posted a blog about our employee who was beaten and kicked out from her house. Since then, this woman has been living with me and going to work. At first, it was shocking to both me and my Spanish roommate how traumatized she was. Since she was raised in a strict Muslim family, she was totally submissive. She believed it was improper to be in the same room as Carlos, my roommate, since he is an unmarried male.

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