Tuesday, February 12, 2013

She's worth it!

Announcing: I will MAKE because She's Worth It

Last week, I read on The Train to Crazy Blog about the great idea to raise a half a million dollars to fund organizations that fight human trafficking and slavery.  The idea is called the ShesWorthItCampaign.com.  The goal is to get crafters together to make a difference in the lives of girls and women affected by slavery through making and donating bracelets and zipper pouches and giving money to fund organizations who work to improve their lives.

What is the problem?  
Check out Polaris Project.  "Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of "labor or services," such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will. The factors that each of these situations have in common are elements of force, fraud, or coercion that are used to control people.  Then, that control is tied to inducing someone into commercial sex acts, or labor or services.  Numerous people in the field have summed up the concept of human trafficking as "compelled service."  Every year, human traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by victimizing millions of people around the world, and here in the United States.  Human trafficking is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world."  

Yes, you read correctly. This happens all over the world, even in the USA. 

What Now?
I believe that while what has happened to her is almost unbearable to even consider, we must stand for her. We must no longer close our eyes. We must do something. We may not all be able to storm brothels, spend hours holding a girl as she heals or sit in a small village teaching her how to make jewelry so that she can earn a fair wage, but we can do something. We can do our part. Our part may be donating $10. It may be recruiting 10 friends to donate $10. It may be recruiting 100 friends. It may be something we haven’t even dreamed of yet!

In light of her great bravery to survive this life and to fight daily for hope, rescue, freedom and healing – we will choose to be brave too. We will choose to never look away from her pain. We will choose to show her that she’s worth it.

What will you do? Will you consider her story? Will you consider her bravery and choose to be brave too? Will you use your voice, your finances, your talents to help protect, rescue, restore or reintegrate her today?

Will you help be on my team to make bracelets or zipper pouches and donate $10 to this cause?  I am assembling a Handmade Dress Haven team.  All you have to do is agree to make either a bracelet or zipper pouch, or both.  Or more than one!  And donate $10. We will all be sending our wares and dollars to Andrea at The Train to Crazy.  I will give you the address when you contact me.  How do you contact me?  Send me an email at hennessyorama@gmail.com

For more information, check out The Train to Crazy. Andrea updates frequently with more team members, questions and answers, and information.  Our contribution will be part of her larger team but let's see how much we, as a team-within-the-team, can contribute!!

Post in comments and be sure to link your email so I can contact you about helping. 

Go team!

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