Finding Her Voice
"When the whole world is silent,even one voice becomes powerful."Malala Yousafzai
A few years ago, I woke up to a set of statistics like this in my inbox:
The human trafficking industry is one of the most devastating inhumanities in the world today, and it continues to grow. Every year an average of 600,000–800,000 women and children are trafficked, and it is estimated that there are around 40 million slaves in the world today—more than any other time in history.
The statistics for sex trafficking are staggering:
• More than 20 million people are affected by trafficking each year, and the studies from an International Labour Organization report show that three out of every 1,000 people are "trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived."
• The Asia-Pacific region accounts for the largest number of forced laborers in the world, followed by Africa.
• An estimated total of 4.5 million people are victims of forced sexual exploitation.
I don't know about you - but I found this statistic overwhelming. I actually wanted to skip over it and read something else, because I found myself mentally inundated with the sheer enormity of the problem. How do I, as a privileged American, grasp the desperation that leads to these types of outcomes?
- I have never been truly without ANY food.
- I have never been without a roof over my head.
- I have never had zero opportunities to exercise hard work and persistence to better my life.
And then a small, still voice said... "You are asking the wrong question"
It hit me. I didn't have to understand or be able to relate to these types of circumstances.
I realized that the question wasn't - How could I sympathize, but rather, how can I help stop this before it starts?
Cause-ology was born out of that question. And it is still the question we ask ourselves every day.
I know how you and I can help stop it.
We help provide sustainable fair wage jobs, shelter, and education for women in developing countries. This, in turn, elevates the family's living conditions and creates opportunities for children to dream BIG dreams and develop without the fear of homelessness, hunger, and exploitation.
We let little girls find their voice in a safe environment and grow up to be mamas that create a culture of change in their communities
One woman at a time.
One family at a time.
One child at a time.
One gorgeous piece of jewelry at a time.