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What happens to a slave when she is set free?
Monday’s are the most ill-anticipated days of the week, they are the start to the long work week ahead. I guess I didn’t have to remind you of that. You’re thinking- thanks a lot and now I have no desire to read a bit further. Well, hold on for one more second and then you can get back to that dreadful day of yours. This isn’t about you and it’s not even about me.
This is a series I’ve been wanting to start for months, but for one reason or other have not gotten to it. One of those things I wanted to be perfect; maybe have a logo for it, at least a great photo or story. Perhaps contact a charity first to get an interview… Then I realized:
My main goal is to spread the word.
I don’t have much money, I can’t host a big fundraiser, but there has to be something I can do…
…there is! I can get the word out.
So what does happen to a slave when she is set free?
All too often she finds herself unable to cope, no means of supporting herself, and ends up right back in the human trafficking trade.
According to the National Underground Railroad, between 600,000 and 800,000 are trafficked internationally, with as many as 17,500 people trafficked into the United States. Nearly three out of every four victims are women. Half of modern-day slaves are children.
There are many organizations dedicated to ending human trafficking and spreading awareness.
iSanctuary is my favorite because they give these survivors a livelihood, skills to make a living, so they don’t have to return to slavery.
So many, myself included, are busy with our day to day lives. We don’t think beyond what we need to accomplish in our own little world. The horrific events we hear in the news seem so far away- what can we even do? Maybe I’ll look into it more when I have time.
iSanctuary allows us a great way to make a huge impact on the lives of these girls right now by doing what we already do so well- Shop!
So, keep this in mind for holiday shopping this year and help me spread the word by sharing this post.
For more info, visit www.isanctuary.org
To learn about the signs of human trafficking and modern slavery or report a tip call the Human Trafficking Hotline 888.3737.888
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Sheltie Times says
I’m a huge fan of charities that promote and teach skills that help people to help themselves and give them those skills and opportunities to achieve those goals.
I donate dolls and doll clothes to a local tech high that runs a toy drive at Christmas. I chose this venue because it serves a dual purpose. The children get the toys and the business students get practice using their tech skills to run a charity drive. It’s a win/win.
I work at our local library’s book sale organizing the children and YA sections. The charity that used to ship our books overseas has changed their policies about what they will take and I talked to another local library book sale this past weekend. They donate their left over books to a charity that sells the left overs online, but it is an interesting twist, they run a charity which teaches disadvantaged kids how to do the work. They learn valuable work skills and the money from selling the books provides a variety of training programs for the kids. I’m going to work on seeing if we can move to that program.
Sheltie Times says
That should read the charity that used to take our left over books.
Justin Walker says
This is a good read, and not something that is on the radar of daily life for a majority. It's always good to be smacked in the face with reminders, that we may contribute and help prevent some of our species' darker customs and doings. Akin to slavery, the more we realize that our own 'basic rights' are in fact reduced to privileges these days. An example, our Japanese Internment camps, imprisoning U.S. Citizens for the simple fact that their families were born elsewhere. I digress, but the point is simple, "knowledge paves the way for change.".