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Nomi Network Doc

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September 03, 2012

Help Andrew and I pay our way to India so that we can make a documentary that shares the amazing work Nomi Network is doing.  See more

BENEFITING: Nomi Network

Katrina Sorrentino


Nomi Network is extremely excited at the prospect of having Katrina and Andrew join our team in India this October. Since 2009, Nomi Network has been working towards creating job and career development opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking. Our strategy is to create employment and training programs through the creation of products like tote bags, purses, and wallets for our Buy Her Bag Not Her Body ® collection. We also improve the capacity and distribution of our partners -- strengthening the shelters, service organizations and social enterprises that we collaborate with to serve the women we admire and love. Our aim is to create sustainable livelihood options to help lift the most vulnerable women out of poverty and into a place of personal empowerment. www.nominetwork.org and www.buyherbagnotherbody.com

Since the moment we met Nomi, a young, Cambodian survivor of sexual exploitation, who despite all odds - orphaned, trafficked, and dealing with a mental disability - brought us joy and inspired us by embracing her future, undefined by her past, we desired to share her story of survival and hope with anyone who would listen and help. The friendship that she offered so freely was so precious to us and spurred us on to do everything in our power to find sustainable and effective ways to help her, and others like her, to have a stake in deciding their employment and their future. After launching our successful pilot program in 2009, winning the Classy Award as the Small Charity of the Year in 2010, and being awarded a competitive grant to expand into India from the US Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, we decided that this was the perfect time to capture our programs on film and through photography in the highest quality possible. Equally as important to capturing our programs is an opportunity for us to bring the incredible and vibrant stories of the women we work with, our heros, to life.

In order to fund our professional media team (Katrina & Andrew), we need to raise $3000. We want to request your help to meet this goal! Please consider making a donation towards this project today. Our deadline for achieving out goal is Friday September 28th and even though it’s right around the corner, we know that with your help we can reach it! Nomi Network knows how valuable your contribution is – no matter how big or small it is extremely important to this effort. We have accomplished incredible things over the last three years while operating on a lean and mean budget of only $90,000 per year. We have regularly relied heavily on the volunteer efforts of five executive team members and a network of 20 professionals - the best of their respective fields. This media team is a perfect example of the incredible profession skill and talent that we are harnessing in order to effectively tell the triumphs, the trials, the joys, the disappointments, and most importantly the humanity of the women that we serve.

This is what we hope for in our products and this documentary film: the beauty and passion behind delivering a product that is, in every sense of the word: quality. We desire that our audience, our supporters, our consumers, know that what they are receiving is a gift. At the end of the creation process and supply chain, the depth and complexity of what has been completed was crafted by hands that not only masters of their trade, but more importantly they comprise a community of people who care deeply about giving back. Join us in supporting Katrina and Andrew today!



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