NIVASA FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.83 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Human Services, International

Location: PO Box 95 % Beatrice Fernando Merrimac MA 01860 USA

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2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

I was fortunate to witness a birth of this great non-profit organization with such a humanitarian cause. I have known Beatrice – the founder – for a number of years and can testify to her good character, passion and dedication to the organization.

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I had been involved with NIVASA at the very beginning of its formation, when Beatrice made her initial trips to Sri Lanka and brought back compelling stories and a number of testifying photographs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Nivasa is a wonderful non-profit that deserves national recognition for it's help in helping those affected by human trafficking in Sri Lanka. I am very honored to be a donor and aware of the work this foundation is providing with very little funds.

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I have personally experienced human trafficking and know how beneficial this foundation is at providing funding for those in such unfortunate situations.

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Try to make a further campaign to support Nivasa with more coverage to this horrific worldwide laws that have very little teeth!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Nivasa foundation is an organization that touches many peoples hearts on all different levels. This organization is not only important to those who its aiding but the people who are involved as well. I believe great things will come from this, as well as change the lives of children enslaved victoms. It will also make a great impact on those who were previously enslaved.

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Through testimonys of those envolved

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Help more and spread the word about this organization. Bring more funds to this organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a regular donor to the Nivasa Foundation and am proud to sponsor families in Sri Lanka that have been victimized by human trafficking. I am personally inspired by the firsthand account of the organization's founder, herself a survivor of slavery. Both of her books, "In Contempt of Fate" and "Enslaved" (which features Beatrice's story) sit on my bookshelf and continue to inspire friends whose curiosity is piqued by her sensational but true story.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...the letters and photos I regularly receive from Nivasa which provide me with updates on how my sponsored children are progressing and how my donation effects their lives and the health and impact of the organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...see that they get some government grants to carry out their work on grow the organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Nivasa Foundation is a truly unique organization with a big heart and even bigger goals. Nivasa may be the only modern day anti-slavery organization founded and directed by a survivor of slavery, bringing a genuine empathy and a deeply personal touch to their work. I feel honored to be a part of this young organization which has already touched the lives of so many former slaves.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my contact with its caring and approachable volunteers and leadership.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide them with more funding for their existing programs and to enable them expand their programming to support victims in Sri Lanka and other countries, including the United States.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Personal interaction with Nivasa's founder Beatrice Fernando, and general knowledge of the injustices of modern-day slavery.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Nivasa is a welcoming organization with a unique an intimate knowledge of the problems of slavery. Nivasa has very little overhead and is run entirely by volunteers so every donation goes to the victims and families who need it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Nivasa Foundation is a wonderful organization that I have had the pleasure of learning about through one of their members Isa Garcia. The commitment that this group has to its cause is amazing, and they have touched thousands of lives through all that they do.
Everyone should take a moment to view their website and learn about how to stop the horror of human trafficking.

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karma points

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volunteer more!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Nivasa foundation increases awareness of human trafficking. Beatrice, the founder, discovered the one thing to keep victims of modern-day slavery from accepting additional positions abroad (that can lead to human trafficking) was to support their families. By agreeing with the women that if they stay in Sri Lanka, Nivasa will provide a quality education and basic necessities and break the cycle of slavery. The Nivasa Foundation is very hands on. They travel to Sri Lanka every year to interview the families, children, neighbors, and teachers to ensure the funds are properly distributed. This non-profit cares deeply about the children of human trafficking victims and breaking the cycle of slavery.

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I see Nivasa providing each family it supports with access to an education and working towards providing a well for water and electricity. Working with Beatrice and the other Nivasa members, I have an increased awareness of modern-day slavery and share this information with my friends and family. Nivasa is right on the nose with the fact that education is the answer to breaking the cycle of slavery.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase awareness of the importance of breaking the cycle of slavery, in order to generate more funds & support more families.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As an event volunteer for Beatrice I am throughly impressed by her dedication and managment skills. She pours her heart and soul into NIVASA and is completly devoted to the organization. It is so important that we get the word out about the atrocities that infringe on the civil rights of women.

I have had Beatrice come speak to my college and she was wonderful! She shared a bit about the conflict histrory of Siri Lanka and then dove into her personal experience and what we can do to help the situatuon. I highly recomend her as a guest speaker to any organization or institution.

Its important that women (and men!) come together to stick up for women everywhere and NIVASA is one way we can make change happen.

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The feeling of accomplishment that I was able to give back to women in need.

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It is my hope that NIVASA would expand its network. Perhaps have more people on staff and more events on schedual.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The general public does not know enough about human trafficking. It is a horrendous crime which is on going around the world as well as in the USA. Victims are women, men and children. It is hard to believe that people are being sold into slavery at this time and age. Just a few years ago I knew nothing about this. I fear that is the case with most Americans, total lack of knowledge.
How do we tell the stories? How do we make a difference? How do we stop this evil? How do we break the chains?
Beatrice Fernando was a victim of human trafficking. Against her will she was sold as a domestic slave in the Middle East. She thought she had signed up to work for two years in order to provide a better life for her young son. Work she did but she received no pay, no food, was beaten daily, had no freedom to move around. She risked her life to escape and experiences long term physical consequences.
To hear her tell her story and see and hear first hand what it was like to be a slave is a profound world view changer. Anyone who has heard her will not be able to forget and can only be challenged to learn more and become involved with breaking the chains of slavery.
Beatrice needs support to tell her story. In her native Sri Lanka women continue to leave the country to do domestic work in the Middle East because of the promised hope of a better life for them and their families. Many come home battered and bruised, that is if they come home alive. Any time I look up news on Sri Lanka, there are headlines about maids and the horrible things that happened to them. One had multiple nails put in her body.
The Nivasa Foundations seeks to help the victims of human bondage and their families. Beatrice cannot forget what she experienced. She could now live a comfortable life in the USA. But she chooses to help other women in Sri Lanka who also became victims. One woman, one life, has made an enormous impact. People need to hear her story, people need to make a difference. Human slavery must be stopped.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have heard Beatrice three times, arranged for her to speak

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

would like to see them better funded

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first met Beatrice when she spoke to our women's conference and shared her incredible story of survival from slavery. I have since attended fundraisers and heard her speak in different settings. Her passion to save others from the terrible ordeal she endured combined with her strong faith make the Nivasa Foundation a wonderful nonprofit. I will continue to support the Nivasa Foundation to help end the cycle of slavery.

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This organization has increased my awareness of how prevalent human trafficking.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see this organization featured on a news program to let more people know about it and the good work it is accomplishing.

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