Hello everyone, I'm running in the Hamptons half-marathon on September 24th, and I wanted to use this opportunity to raise awareness and support for an important cause — namely, the Somaly Mam Foundation. SMF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the eradication of slavery worldwide, with a special focus on Southeast Asia, where the trafficking of women and girls is widespread. The organization supports survivor rescue, shelter and restoration programs globally, as well as empowering survivors of slavery with job training and education. In addition, SMF’s awareness and advocacy campaigns shed light on the crime of human trafficking and involve governments and individuals in the fight against modern-day slavery.
The fact that human slavery still exists is simply unacceptable. It is a scourge of humanity, a black mark on the human race, and needs to be eliminated before any human being, anywhere, can feel even the slightest bit of hope for our future. So please donate if you can. Any donation amount is welcome. Even a relatively small donation can have a large impact on another human’s life.
How your donation can change a life:
1. $500 gives the power to rebuild. This donation provides a survivor with everything she needs to start her own business, including all supplies and materials.
2. $360 or about $1.00 a day will help keep rescued girls safe from violent perpetrators. It covers the shelter's security fees per girl, per year. Shelters are under constant threat from the organized crime syndicates that run the brothels and pimps who wish to harm and re-enslave the rescued girls. Your donation will allow girls to rebuild their strength and determination in a secure, loving environment.
3. $120 pays for a year provides psychological counseling and rehabilitation to a girl at a shelter in Southeast Asia. Removing a child from a brothel is not a solution in and of itself-your donation will provide the support survivors need to embark on the long and painful journey ahead.
4. $120 helps provide a survivor with a year of specialized training in weaving, sewing, salon or other vocational skills that will help her get a job and stay employed.
5. $60 pays for a year of ongoing pediatric or medical care for a young survivor of sexual slavery.
6. $30 provides an exam and blood test for a girl rescued from sexual slavery in Southeast Asia.
Somaly Mam Foundation wrote -
PROJECT FUTURES global, a program of the Somaly Mam Foundation, empowers a passionate network of socially-engaged volunteers, activists, and young professionals to raise awareness and funding to combat human trafficking and sex slavery worldwide.
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