BENEFITING: Somaly Mam Foundation
When I first heard of Somaly Mam, I was horrified by her childhood story and amazed by the work she does. I was very much aware of the issues her foundation is dealing with: human trafficking and sexual slavery. But that doesn't make it easier to read about...
Somaly Mam is a sexual slavery survivor. When she managed to escape her captors, she vowed never to forget those left behind and has since dedicated her life to saving victims and empowering survivors. And that's what her Foundation does now.
Do you want to help me help them? Then let's do this:
All I want for my name-day (which was December 4), Christmas, and/or birthday is to make this fundraiser a success with your help. If you'd like to give me something for either of these occasions, then make it a donation - every bit helps - to this cause.
I'm hoping to raise $500 by February 2. Can we do this? If we raise more, great, but I'd like to know on the day of my birthday that we reached the goal!
What can be done with the money? Here are some examples:
* $100 can provide a survivor with essentials she needs to start her own business, including supplies and materials.
* $1,000 can pay for 6 months worth of technology needs for three shelters. The funds will be used for computers at the centers in Cambodia and the dedicated staff to operate them as well as provide Internet service. (Internet access provides a host of necessary administrative and educational tools for both the survivors and the shelter staff.)
Thank you for your help, everyone! And Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance!