BENEFITING: Somaly Mam Foundation
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2011
While on a job training, I browsed through Barnes and Noble Bookstore with a fellow co-worker and found a book titled "The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine." It was very intriguing. I walked out of the store with that book and I finished the book in two days. Let me tell you that I'm no book reader so this was a personal record to read a book that fast. I had swollen eyes because I was crying in about every page that I flipped through. The story has touched my heart and opens my eyes how slavery still exists in the 21st century. It made me realize the rumors and gossip about prostitution in Cambodia is actually true. Young women and children as young as 4 years old are being sold and forced into prostitution. I discovered the Somaly Mam Foundation through this book.
I thought about how I can help and what can I do? The non-profit organization is not locally in California, but many miles away in New York. I signed up to be contacted on their website and finally Ms. Amy Merrill, one of the personnel at Somaly Mam Foundation sent me an email. All she asked for me to do is bring awareness about this GLOBAL CRISIS in my community. I decided that since I participate in many marathons and half marathons, I will make a shirt to wear in all my races and represent the Somaly Mam Foundation. Many more emails were exchanged and I decided that if I get picked from the lottery for the New York Marathon 2011, I will fund raise for this great cause to end human trafficking. As you can see I will be participating in the ING New York Marathon this year and bring awareness for the Somaly Mam Foundation. What better way to represent and fundraise for them than New York since their office is in New York.
The Somaly Mam Foundation was started in 2007. The money raised will help them to support more rescues of young women and children, provide needed resources for shelters, and support medical and psychological care for the victims all across Southeast Asia. If you have not been touched by this story to donate money (all donations are tax deductible) or time (contact me about how you can help), please check their website at www.somaly.orgfor further information about this non-profit organization and decide what you can do to help one victim at a time from the heartless pimps and brothels. The photos of Somaly with the girls, and the other two photos of the young girls are taken by Mr. Michael Angelo.