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Open House, Open Mouth…

08.11.2009 in Uncategorized

I certainly am not an expert on human trafficking. I am, however, a modern day abolitionist. That is a statement I never thought I’d be making until 8 months ago when Sarah Symons touched my heart with her words. Although I still feel like I’m shaking the sand out of my hair from having my head buried in it for so long, I know that I too need to use words and speak from my heart to touch others. It is not something that I am necessarily good at, but God gave me this wonderful stubborn streak and tenacity that helps me overcome my insecurities when there is a greater purpose involved. Finding the opportunity to reach others is the challenge.

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Weddings and a New Family for Sex-Trafficking Survivors

06.11.2009 in Uncategorized

In India, just like here in America, weddings are fun and powerful celebrations that bring together families. Weddings are normal, happy, and a core part of the progression of life. But weddings are not typically part of the normal happy life for survivors of sex trafficking. Some have even been trafficked by means of false marriages. More importantly, it’s very hard for survivors of sex trafficking to get over the stigma that they are somehow bad or dirty, and to get accepted into a new family or community.

To one of our partners in India, Rescue Foundation, this was unacceptable. Rescue Foundation rescues girls out of sex trafficking with the goal of reintegrating them back into their typically rural, agricultural communities. These communities often have a shortage of eligible women to marry due to a gender selection.

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Vietnam Voice

05.11.2009 in Uncategorized

In poverty-stricken Cambodia, undocumented Vietnamese are the single largest minority group The number of Vietnemese in the sex trade represents as high as 30% as the total number of commercial sex workers in Cambodia, including many of the youngest children.  This is deisproportionately high when measured against the total number of Vietnamese residing in Cambodia.

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November newsletter promotion

04.11.2009 in Uncategorized

Beautiful Gifts and Holiday Items Offer a Bright Future to Survivors in Nepal and Cambodia

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Lessons learned from those we’re teaching

04.11.2009 in Uncategorized

Posted by Adria Doll

Last week, one girl came to work badly bruised and cut up. We learned that in the middle of the night she had been beaten up by a person in her household (she lives in a slum area) and had been kicked out of her house. The reasoning behind this abuse, as is common, was entirely illogical and a pitiful attempt to validate the idea that women are lesser and disposable. Naturally, the staff immediately arranged a safe place for her to stay until her turn on the waiting list for a working woman’s hostel comes up.

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Background on Destiny from Adria’s Perspective

04.11.2009 in Uncategorized

Posted by Adria Doll

These last two weeks have presented me with encouraging accomplishments as well as heartbreaking situations. But I discuss anything else, let me give a brief description of the non-governmental organization (NGO) I am working most closely with.

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Adria Doll, our new intern

28.10.2009 in Uncategorized

A few weeks ago, a married couple from Canada arrived to intern for the next three months at Destiny, Sanlaap, and Women’s Interlink Foundation. They are AWESOME! Adria is in the Health Science Department at Simon Fraser University, and her husband Graham was a records officer with the Vancouver Police Department. Both have started teaching English and computers to the Destiny women, helped us organize our shipping documents (of which there are hundreds) and even helped prepare for our first exhibition. 

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Our first exhibition!

28.10.2009 in Uncategorized

Yesterday we had our first exhibition (sale). Another NGO that works with disabled youth organized this exhibition for various NGOs who make handicrafts. We gladly accepted the offer to participate, and had spent several weeks preparing products we thought would sell well in the local market. We also had leftover stock from orders, and after tagging and packing everything we headed off to the sale room. The women decided to split into two groups, one for the morning and one for the afternoon. On the bus ride to the sale, I asked them what their goal was to earn in the one-day sale.

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Destiny’s 1st Birthday

27.10.2009 in Uncategorized

July 21, 2008 was the first day of Destiny. We were planning our one year birthday party before I broke my leg, so as soon as I got back to Kolkata we again started making preparations. The women decided to have lunch at the center, and then go shopping in one of the local markets. But Smarita and I wanted to have something a little more special for them, and decided to take them to a new Punjabi restaurant.

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