Carmen Khan via Crowdrise
June 12, 2013
I learned about Somaly Mam and her foundation when I assisted at a NYC screening and discussion panel for the PBS documentary, Half the Sky. Like most individuals who are moved by these strong women, I purchased the book that accompanied this film. I was very lucky to have had the opportunity to volunteer at Somaly Mam's annual Gala, Life is Love. I met this tough, yet sweet woman and her beautiful girls who can smile today thanks to the help and love Somaly has brought them.
Shortly after this Gala, I knew I wanted to be a part of the solution and attended a few events benefitting the foundation. My determination to help this organization grew stronger after reading the book, The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine, and learning of the chaos in Cambodia.
Friends, as a Leo, you know I love my birthday and I am sure you are expecting something really fun and over-the-top for the big 3-0; but I have plenty of blessings in life. This year, my greatest wish is that you donate any amount you can to this wonderful foundation; and remember, no amount is ever too small when helping a fellow human being.
Let's celebrate by helping out these wonderful girls and amazing woman!
Check out the foundation's website and some neat stats on how your donation will help.
Somaly Mam Foundation wrote -
Co-founded by Somaly Mam, a Cambodian survivor of sexual slavery, SMF works to eradicate slavery and empower its survivors, with a special focus on Southeast Asia.
What your donation can help support:
$10 covers one month of healthcare expenses for a woman or child recovering from being trafficked.
$25 provides a survivor of sex trafficking with one month of specialized vocational training.
$1,000 provides a 'start-up kit' for a female survivor to become an entrepreneur after leaving the shelter.
$3,000 sponsors a survivor, providing the cost to rescue, recover, educate, and reintegrate one girl.