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She Is Here

28.03.2010 in Uncategorized

There are some weeks that just pass. They slip away without the awareness of their passing – just going, going, gone. We don’t stop to check in, absent of self-reflection, we survive by crossing things off our list of things to do. Hours blend into days. Days into weeks. The pages of calendars turning at a pace we don’t prefer, but cannot control. And sometimes, even with these weeks jammed with appointments and activities, our lives are taken to a new level of busy.

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Bumps in the Road

24.03.2010 in Uncategorized

The new jewelry program is off to a great start.  But of course there have already been some big ol’ bumps in the road.  When launching a new project, you have to answer the usual questions – who, what, when, where, why, and how.  ‘Why’ is the most important – the mission and vision for the project, so we started there.  Our ‘Why’ is to offer high quality skills and employment to trafficking survivors so they can rebuild their lives.  The jeweler’s hammers and files and saws are some of the tools they can use to literally reconstruct their lives, which havebeen shattered by slavery.  We were all agreed on ‘Why’ so that was no problem.  Our problem was ‘Where’ and related to that, ‘Who’.

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Curiosity and Courage

22.03.2010 in Uncategorized

I spent some time this week visiting local elementary schools and talking about global oneness and human courage. I used my trip with The Emancipation Network to India as a starting point in an effort to raise awareness, prompt questions, and stir up a little interconnectedness.

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It’s All Coming Together!

16.03.2010 in Uncategorized

This is one of the most exciting opportunities of my jewlery career! It has long been a dream of mine to travel around the world and teach women to make jewelry in order to make a living! Specifically women that have been rescued from trafficking. I applied for a grant through Change Makers Global Grant Program in 2008, and John saw my post and contacted me to help start the jewlery program over a 1 1/2 years ago! What an amazing process.

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Now is The Time

12.03.2010 in Uncategorized

Women. International Women’s Day. Women’s History Month. It’s all about the women in March. Have you noticed? I get all excited at the prospect of women gathering to honor their lineage, their history, families, mentors, neighbors, co-workers, leaders, friends, global sisters, and themselves. On March 4th, I honored International Women’s Day, by enjoying dinner with my mother followed by Half the Sky Live. This film highlighted stories from the book Half the Sky, which is all about global women’s oppression turned to opportunity, written by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn.

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Kindergarten in the Red Light District

11.03.2010 in Uncategorized

 Last week I had to go to the Kidderpore red light district to deliver a donation of toothbrushes and toothpaste. I’ve been many times to the drop-in-center, but always in the afternoon because most of the children are in school until 2pm. But that day I reached at 10am and saw for the first time the "day creche" for children under 5 years. It was literally a garden of kinder! They were all seated on a mat, writing the English alphabet on their mini-blackboards, some with their tongues hanging out in concentration. I was thoroughly impressed by how well-behaved they were.

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Jewelry Training and the Role of Women in India

09.03.2010 in Uncategorized

Melissa Tyson is helping us set up the Destiny Jewelry program training program, but as an expecting mother she can’t travel to India. So one of the first things we needed to do to set up our new jewelry program was to find a good trainer. Since the new program is in India, it would seem to make sense that we should try to find someone in India. After all, why pay someone’s expenses to fly back and forth from the US, someone who most likely does not speech the local language, and who does not know the local markets and resources?

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The Reality of My Dreams

08.03.2010 in Uncategorized

Today was one of those days where I just wanna take hold of Kolkata and scream at her. This is a very rough city and it gets to you after awhile, especially when it gets hot. Being that today was Saturday I really just wanted to chill out and have a nice relaxing day. Of course thats almost an impossible task to accomplish in this city. 

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What’s My Kid Got to Do With It?

04.03.2010 in Uncategorized

So, I don’t really want to brag. But these days, my calendar is pretty full with speaking engagements for The Emancipation Network. I mean, I’d go as far as to say that I’m in – gasp – high demand. And so what if that demand is based almost entirely in elementary schools? As in, preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and fourth grade at the Henry T Wing School in Sandwich, Massachusetts – that’s right – my children’s elementary school. But seriously, that’s not all.

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