By Kristen Johnson
There are so many ways to help survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation and one of the easiest is by supporting a fabulous organization called Free The Girls. The program is simple and it is effective.
Women in North America (and elsewhere) simply box up their used bras, mail them in, and they are used by women in El Salvador, Mozambique, and Uganda. Survivors of trafficking use the bras in resale – thus providing a safe source of income for them. Men can easily participate as well by donating funds for postage for the packaged bras.
In addition to providing jobs, this wonderful organization also works with local organizations to assist trafficking survivors with things like job skills, trauma management, spiritual wellbeing, sobriety, and literacy training. This two-part system of providing services to women is enormously effective. In 2015, 100% of the children of survivors in the program were in school, the average move-up in poverty in Mozambique was at 65%, 9 women purchased land, and 3 purchased or rented a home of their own. (Save the Girls).
The mission and vision of Save the Girls really says it all:
Mission: We exist to help women rescued from sex trafficking reintegrate into their communities.
Vision: We see a world in which previously enslaved women are leading vibrant, successful, integrated lives.
Currently, Save the Girls is working on a special program called Export Freedom Mozambique. Last month alone, 14 women graduated from their program and are now ready to be fully independent. For just $50, you can sponsor a box of bras and follow that box all the way to the woman who will receive it to start her own business. You will be given her name and information and she will receive your information as well, so you will both be a part of her amazing journey to financial independence and freedom from trafficking. To find out more, look here: https://freethegirls.org/blog/2017/1/11/export-freedom-mozambique.
Thank you to Save the Girls for your vision and for providing opportunities for survivors of human trafficking. I greatly admire your work! I have personally participated by collecting bras and mailing them in, and I will continue to do so in the future!
Galatians 6:2 (NRSV): Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill[a] the law of Christ.
Serve all with love.
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