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Support USA Survivors of Human Trafficking

Did you know that human trafficking is prevalent in the United States? Yes–you read that right! Human trafficking is an atrocity that happens everywhere, and even in developed countries like the USA.

  • Experts indicated in 2010 that there were currently at least 100,000 child victims of sex trafficking in the United States while upwards of 325,000 remain at risk.
  • In 2016, Human trafficking in the United States rose 35.7 percent from the previous year, according to data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

Clearly, this is a huge problem! The good news: you can help! I’m partnering with my friend Hannah and Trades of Hope this month. Your purchase will go toward helping women rescued out of human trafficking in the USA. Bonus: in February, proceeds will also go toward helping families in India have clean water!

Trades of Hope works with two American co-ops: one based in Los Angeles helping women leave industries of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, another based in Tennessee that offers sustainable jobs to women who have survived lives of violence, prostitution and addiction. These groups provide different forms of housing, food, dental, medical, therapy, education and job training so these women can build a brighter future for themselves. When women come into this group, they are offered the resources needed to go through recovery, heal from childhood wounds, and get physically healthy. Creating products is a beautiful part of that process that helps them also make an income while they heal. The co-ops create jewelry and body products.

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Shana (middle) is one of the women who escaped a life of trafficking and now works for the Tennessee co-op as a sales rep for the body product line. Courtesy of Trades of Hope.

Here are a few of the products available, created with love and hope by the women employed in the USA co-ops:

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Love Heals set, created by women in the Tennessee co-op//Courtesy of Trades of Hope

 

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New Leaf earrings//Courtesy of Trades of Hope

 

Are you interested in helping not only the women rescued from human trafficking in the USA, but also helping families in India have clean water? Head on over to Trades of Hope! 

Previous: I blogged about the work of Trades of Hope in Uganda!

Next: I will be blogging about the work of Trades of Hope in Jordan!

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Help Our Sisters in Uganda!

This is the next post about Trades of Hope to follow up on my previous post! You can support women across the world (including women rescued from human trafficking in the USA!) as they create fair trade, beautiful products! This month, any purchases will also go toward clean water for families in India. Go here to help out!

Today I’m sharing about Uganda and what Trades of Hope is doing there. I was super pumped to hear that Trades of Hope works with an artisan group founded by Katie Davis Majors! If you haven’t heard of her, Katie is an amazing woman about my age who skipped college and followed a call to move to Uganda instead! She ended up adopting 13 girls (yes, you read that right!) and started Amazima, an organization that provides many empowering services to communities in Uganda. She also wrote two books. Over a decade later, she’s still living in Uganda with her husband, 13 girls, and a baby boy!
Ok, back to some background on Uganda: Uganda is a beautiful country in eastern central Africa that faces incredible challenges. Extreme poverty has hindered the government’s ability to stop the devastating effects of the AIDS epidemic on the people of Uganda. Uganda has the third highest birth rate in the world, and Ugandans struggle to provide for their families. Many of these women have faced disabilities, AIDS, and

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Courtesy of Hannah//Trades of Hope

oppression. Through their work as artisans, these women have a chance to be creative, speak their minds, and also earn a living to provide food, education, and medical care for their families. Working in safe environments, completing projects in beading circles, these ladies have left their harmful occupations and are rising above as leaders in their communities.

I was delighted to hear one of the Ugandan artisans, Florence, tell her story! She has such pride in what she is doing! Trades of Hope really benefits entire communities, not only the women. Check out her story below!
Here are a few of the beautiful products handmade in Uganda:
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Eden Wrap bracelet//Courtesy of Trades of Hope

National Freedom Day.

Today, February 1st, is National Freedom Day. This is the day that we celebrate President Abraham Lincoln signing a joint resolution of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, which would end slavery in the U.S.

Yet slavery still remains all over the world, hidden and in places you wouldn’t think. There are different types of slavery, but today I want to bring attention to the horrific reality of children enslaved in sex trafficking-and an organization that is doing something about it.

About 2 million children are exploited every year worldwide in the commercial sex trade.

Today, I want to highlight an organization called Remember Nhu, which seeks to prevent child sex trafficking. I first heard about them because their founder is local to my area. I’ve fallen in love with the work they do & how they keep Christ at the center of their mission.

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Remember Nhu
  • They run homes for children, taking them out of situations that put them at-risk for being sold into sex slavery & placing them in homes with loving, nurturing house parents from their own country. Currently they are running 70 homes in 12 countries, and hoping to expand!
  • They have opportunities to sponsor a child (different levels of sponsorship for different budgets), which helps to cover basic expenses and more. Sponsors also act as a sort of spiritual parent and cover their sponsored child(ren) in prayer.
  • They provide education, and eventually vocational training. This gives the children/young adults marketable skills which can ensure they stay out of the sex trade and are not exploited with other types of labor.
  • One of my favorite parts of their story? The founder’s heart was stirred upon hearing the story of a young girl named Nhu, who had been sold to an older man. She was sold twice, the first time at age 12. Remember Nhu’s founder took six trips to Cambodia, and was finally able to meet Nhu! Nhu is now a grown woman, and last year was happily married! The founder walked her down the aisle.

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    Remember Nhu–Nhu on her wedding day! A beautiful story of God’s abundant grace & healing.

Are you ready to help with this great mission? Head over to their website to learn more! You can also simply donate. Let’s cover these sweet children & all who work with them in prayer today & every day! Do not forget to pray for victims of human trafficking; it’s more prevalent than you might think!

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courtesy of Remember Nhu

7 Organizations to Support

Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are three focuses of the season of Lent. Tithing and almsgiving are a focus of the Christian life in general. Are you wondering about some organizations that you could help to support this Lent and beyond? Here is a compilation of 7 organizations to start with. Praise God, there are many more beyond this one!

1. Kiva. Kiva is pretty much one of the coolest things ever. People from around the world are looking to start or expand businesses to help support their families, often in impoverished regions. Some people are hoping for money for education. You can sort through countries or types of businesses/causes and choose a person to loan money to. As long as you don’t “dedicate” the donation to someone using the option on Kiva (for example, dedicating a donation to your mom), then once the person repays their loan, you will get to use that money again to loan it to someone else! It’s a gift that keeps on giving–forever!

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(I loaned money to this guy from Kenya. His name is David and the purpose of the loan was to help him improve & expand his dairy business. Picture from the Kiva website.)

2. Live ActionLive Action seeks to expose the racism, misinformation, condoning and cover-up of sex trafficking, and other huge problems rampant within the abortion industry–notably, within Planned Parenthood. These atrocities are even paid for by American tax dollars! The brave souls with Live Action perform undercover investigations in order to get to the truth of the matter. In the process, they are saving the lives of unborn children and better preserving the futures of women (and men) who would be hurt by sex trafficking and abortion.

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(Lila Rose, the founder of the organization. She is an amazing woman, and I have been blessed to meet her!)

3. International Justice MissionHuman trafficking and slavery is unfortunately happening all over the world today. IJM rescues victims of human trafficking/slavery, and also works to improve the response of the justice system in these situations.

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(Check out their Facebook page for stories of people rescued and updates on the great work they are doing!)

4. ChaliceChalice is a Catholic program that allows you to sponsor a child for $33 a month. The money provides educational support, nutrition and medical care, as well as other possible needs of the child and family.

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(Angelica is one of the children listed on the website in need of sponsorship. She is a 10-year old girl from Philippines and lives in the slums.)

5. Iraqi Christian Relief CouncilAbout 1 million Assyrian (Iraqi) Christians have been forced to become refugees. If they do not change their religion to Islam, they are forced to pay hefty fees or risk being killed. They have been strong, paying the high price of leaving their homes and businesses and essentially becoming homeless, in order to keep their precious faith. This organization provides supplies to these families who have been forced to leave their homes, so that they may have access to food, medical care, shelter, and other basic needs.

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(Mattresses are one of the many basic needs that have been provided by donations.)

6. FlowerFundThis organization allows you to donate to different causes that further the New Evangelization. For example, a church could use it to raise money for a special project. One current project is raising money to get books into the hands of women in crisis pregnancies. Another project is raising money for a new vehicle for a family so that the father can get to work. He was hit by someone with no insurance and the family vehicle was totalled.

(The car after the accident.)

7. Reece’s Rainbow. This organization helps families adopt children with special needs–children that otherwise would likely be institutionalized for the rest of their lives. There are many families who are opening their hearts to the beauty of adoption. For many families, the only barrier is financial. This family has recently made the courageous decision to adopt, again! They have a few months to raise about $20,000. I am confident that if the Body of Christ comes together, they can reach this goal and bring sweet baby Truman home!

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(Russ is one of the children listed on the website. He needs to be adopted, pronto, by the end of the month! Otherwise he will be transferred to an institution.)

Are there any other organizations that you know of that are making a huge difference in this world? I would love to hear about them! There are so many people working to make a better world, and our circumstances don’t always allow us to be “out in the field,” so to speak. The good news is that we can pray and support these causes with our hard-earned dollars!