Monday, October 25, 2010

Looking for a Christmas gift?

Some people…some people have a higher calling. Some just do.

Sarah does.

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I had the privilege of learning about Sarah’s cause…her life work… this weekend.



It’s not a pretty cause….but it has saved many a life. Empowered sooo many.



It is a beautiful cause.



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Sarah helps survivors of human trafficking… women and children,and men…



become self sufficient.



She founded the Emancipation Network



Abolitionists of the highest order.



The survivors make beautiful goods…which are bought at fair prices…100% goes back to them.



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yep. Who knew…



Human trafficking…right under our nose.



Unicef grimly reminds us there are more than 1.2 million children trafficked into sex slavery and human labor… each year.



That is a lot of bright lights squelched. Unheard. Without voice.



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Our fair state of Florida is right up there with trafficking slaves for labor.



Maybe picking in the groves. Maybe prostitution.



Sarah and her organization partner to save them



and give them hope…and give them skills…to earn money.



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I bought this beautiful felted wool purse, handmade by a survivor.



It has soul, and color



and life.



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It makes me happy.



and sad.



Look at their Bags and Jewelry and rugs.



Think about helping to make a difference.



Giving a chance.



Lighting a light of hope.



Owning happy.



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Image from The Emancipation Network

28 comments:

SILVIA said...

great post, off to check them out ..thank you!

Mama K said...

Just today husband bought me a pair of earrings from another organization with the same cause. (Women at risk: www.WARinternational.org)
It is hard to believe this still happens, isn't it? But it does and I am glad there are ways to help. I love the new purse!

Jane said...

So glad you brought this to our attention. What a wonderful cause!I will be checking them out...and purchasing some Christmas gifts.

Jane (artfully graced)

Vila do Artesão said...

What a incredible history. There are shining eyes in these women and a lot of energy in her hands, after all. I am in love with their work: beautiful purse and necklaces. Thanks for showing.
Cris Turek

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh my...wow. Thanks for sharing that. I'm going to go back and check her out when I have some time tomorrow.

Joyce said...

Linda I have heard for years Human trafficking was bad in the US as well as off shore. This makes me so sad- how some humans could treat another human this way. I can see how your purse would give you mix feelings. I'm off to visit their site.

I had your blog up for a bit and got side track with work. I saw your comment pop up and you made me smile!!! xo

Tamara Jansen said...

What an inspirational bunch of ladies!

La Maison Fou said...

Love the bag.....too pretty and colorful.

What a wonderful story and cause, will have a look,
Thanks for the info...
L.

Ann said...

Nice items...

and for a very worthy cause:)

Thanks for such a post...

Heidiopia said...

I love discovering organizations like this so we can help in some small way. There's so much need out there and so many of us want to help but don't know how to. Thanks for highlighting this cause!

vicki archer said...

What an inspiring organisation Linda ..... these handiworks are a perfect way to give for Christmas....xv

Love Where You LIve said...

A nice worthy post!! And what a cute bag. (I feel rather pulled by leaving a "cute" comment under the circumstances.) Thanks for shedding some light on this situation.

Melissa said...

Why, yes. I AM looking for Christmas gifts! Trying to get my shopping done early this year... I love stuff like this. I still have drawers full of embroidered purses and scarves that I bought from similar organizations for widows of the Afghan wars and from groups in Thailand. I always have something on hand for a gift. Looks like I'll be visiting these fine folks and adding to my gift chest. Thanks for bringing this organization to our attention! Thank goodness for people like this.

Renee Finberg said...

what a great post!!!!!!!!!!

ditto ditto ditto
xxxx

for the love of a house said...

beautiful, sad, haunting post.
your purse looks happy.
off to look.
thank you.
joan

Ivy Lane said...

Thank you for sharing this... I shall go peruse the website for a gift! What a GREAT cause!

Deborah said...

What a beautiful post. Love the felted bag BIG. Off to check out the site. Thank you for spreading the word. **kisses** Deb

Stephanie said...

Thank you for this beautiful post. There are so many bright spirits out there, doing really wonderful...REAL work.

Thank you for spotlighting Sara...beautifully I might add.

x..x

MB said...

This is amazing! Thank you for sharing.

Black Zebra said...

What an amazing woman, great cause. The thought of 1.5million children being sent off into slavery makes me so sad........why,why,why.

anita said...

beautiful post linda...

i think your purse is happy and full of hope and promise!

Completely Coastal said...

Great cause! I have heard about this issue on Oprah. And what gorgeous work!!

Ann said...

Linda I just gave you an award...

head on to:
http://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com/2010/10/chic-and-cozy-white-living-room.html

becky at abbeystyle said...

Thanks for the heads-up, Linda! A lovely post and I'm off to check out their goods...

Cobalt Violet said...

Beautiful Linda. I love hearing what wonderful things people are doing. Gives me hope for mankind and for the planet. I am definitely going to check out their beautiful work. Would make meaningful holiday gifts.

Thank you.

The Red Umbrella said...

Thanks for sharing this. What a great organization!

simpledaisy said...

What a fabulous post!
How great to shop while supporting others:)
I'm off to check it out!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love buying these products! Thanks for the links! ♥

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