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Volunteers Galore

13.01.2009 in Uncategorized

For the last few months, Smarita and I have been organizing a volunteer trip. A grand total of 14 volunteers came to spend 2 weeks working at several of our NGO partners. Some were sent to volunteer in one of the red light districts drop-in-centers. Others were sent to set up a preschool inside a shelter home, and the rest went to lead arts programs at a shelter home for recently rescued survivors.

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The gift of education

13.01.2009 in Uncategorized

My family has always been supportive of TEN’s work, even though I’m away from them for most of the year. They’ve helped with donations, hosting awareness parties, and even coming to visit India to see the work first hand. Right before I left to go home for Christmas, we had arranged for a high-risk girl to be admitted into one of the shelter homes.

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It’s only just begun…

13.01.2009 in Uncategorized

 Well this should be my last post from India (MAJOR DOWNER!). The last 36 hours have been a whirlwind of emotions and crazy out of this world experiences. I don’t want to get into the details but the ride back from Varanasi was a disaster thanks to some unforeseen and unwanted delays which shouldn’t have happened. That said though we are back and no worries…nothing bad happened just some major frustrations.

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Wet Banana Leaf Plates = Hitting the Wall

11.01.2009 in Uncategorized

Here in Calcutta, on Day 8 our our annual volunteer trip, a few of us are reaching the limits of our ability to cope….just in case you thought it was all rosy, this email is about keeping it real.  I’m exhausted, emotionally overstimulated, and some of the group are ill.  On the bright side, i’ve found the perfect metaphor for the situation:  wet banana leaf plates.

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Cleansing the Mind, Body and Soul…

11.01.2009 in Uncategorized

Today was a very spiritual day for me. We slept in a little and had an amazing breakfast overlooking the Ganges. The air was so clear today you could see forever and breathe so easily. Once we finished breakfast we took a rickshaw to a Buddhist Temple nearby. It was so beautiful and peaceful. I had several people come up to me and assume I was a Buddhist (if you saw the way I look you would know why – pics to come). The place was as serene and calm as you would expect and I met one kind person after another. The Dalai Lama was about a mile away at a Buddhist Institute teaching so we weren’t able to see him but we felt his energy. There were many Tibetan Monks there and it was nice to see people of another race and religion.

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India Trip Report 2010

11.01.2009 in Uncategorized

MEET OUR SURVIVORS AND INDIA STAFF – LEARN MORE ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND HOW WE FIGHT IT:

Each year we make site visits and take a team of volunteers to work with survivors and high risk kids at our partner shelters. We assess programs, and offer therapeutic art project to kids, teens and adults, to build relationships and to learn more about their needs, hopes and dreams, so that we can provide continuing and meaningful services throughout the year.

 

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Human Trafficking Awareness Day – who should we be targeting to become abolitionists?

11.01.2009 in Uncategorized

Its national Human Trafficking Awareness day and a quick google search shows that there are dozens of events around the country. As shown in my previous blog, awareness of slavery is low compared to other causes so I very much hope this national day makes an impact.

If not many people care about slavery, what do we know about those who do care and how can we use that knowledge to expand awareness? There is not a lot of data that can help, but this is the bet we got. The chart below is the last three months of data from YouTube from our most viewed video

 

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thriving and then surviving

10.01.2009 in Uncategorized

ok so first off, the past few days at Sanlaap have been both demanding and satisfying. as of friday, we have nearly finished the entire pre-school painting project (the only thing left is the clear-coat). as has been the case all week, the girls just took to the task with great aplomb… it hasn’t mattered if the required painting was for speed and maximum coverage, or for great attention to detail, all they’ve needed is the most basic of instruction and the work just gets done. the pride in their faces as they do it, and the fun we have had along the way has been one of the priceless aspects of this trip.

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What an adventure

10.01.2009 in Uncategorized

 Will the amazing experiences ever end? Today was CRAZY to say the least. It actually started last night at the Kolkata train station. We boarded a train to Varanasi at 9pm.

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