Jennifer Petsu wrote -
After reading, Half the Sky, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and then watching their PBS documentary of the same title, I realized I had to do something. My first step is asking family, friends, friends of friends, neighbors and clients to sponsor me in a run for Somaly Mam. I'm asking that you sponsor me during training for 25 cents a mile; and when I complete the 2014 Los Angeles Marathon, to match that amount. I will post weekly mileage on Friday, on my Crowdrise and Facebook page. I will be donating the same as well as giving 5% of my commission from every real estate sale closed. Feel free to give whatever you're able, every bit helps.
We all have an idea of what horrific crimes against women and children are committed. It's easy to go on with our lives and make an effort not to think about these atrocities. Watching the documentary, Half the Sky, and reading the book, is not easy. The only thing that separates us from them, is the place we just happen to be born in. I believe it's our responsibility to give back to the less fortunate. There will always be cruelty in the world; we're not going to completely stop it, but if what you give saves one child’s life from torture, isn't that worth it?
Information from The Somaly Mam site-"The Somaly Mam Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to ending modern slavery and empowering its survivors as part of the solution. Human trafficking, a multi-billion dollar industry, is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. With an estimated two million women and children sold into sexual slavery each year, it is a global crisis that must be stopped.
Co-founded by sex slavery survivor Somaly Mam, the Foundation works to eradicate sex slavery, liberate its victims, and empower survivors to create and sustain lives of dignity and as agents of next-generation change. The Foundation supports rescue operations, shelter services, and rehabilitation programs in Southeast Asia, where the trafficking of women and young girls is widespread.
The Somaly Mam Foundation also runs awareness and advocacy campaigns that shed light on the crime of human trafficking, spotlight its brave survivors as living examples of change, and engage the public, business sectors, and governments in the fight to abolish modern slavery.
Our Vision: A world where women and children are safe from slavery.
Our Mission: To give victims and survivors a voice in their lives, liberate victims, end slavery, and empower survivors as they create and sustain lives of dignity."