I was at a Nexus event in NYC when I first met Diana and saw her speak impassionedly about Nomi and the work they do to fight human trafficking. I was determined to meet her, and moved to volunteer to help in any way that I could. Instead of just throwing money at the problem, they empower victims and at-risk individuals with knowledge and skills that change their lives dramatically. Not only are they fighting the good fight in service of an important cause, but they're doing it in the smartest, most thoughtful way possible. In a time when more and more companies are using their product sales to do good, Nomi shines as an example of how businesses--both nonprofit and for-profit--can and should operate.
My dear friend helped start this non-profit as her way of putting words in action & boy did she. Empowering women to build their own self worth & financial stability is the most life changing thing that could happen to not only these women of Cambodia & India but hopefully eventually one day, the entire human race. Inspiring women to help change their own lives, lives of others & the forever of many girls is so radically important the vision Nomi Network has will change the world. Engaging the developed world to support these women is the most logical, smart endeavor Diana and her team could have presented us with. More than applause for the action but a giant leap of support should follow an organization so impactful.
One of the founding members of Nomi Network used to intern for me in 2007. We lost touch but through the power of social media, we reconnected in 2009 which was when she started on this amazing organization. I first began as a volunteer and helped with their first award ceremony. I was so excited about Nomi's mission that it wasn't hard to get my network to purchase tickets and donate. The mission spoke for itself. Also, what's unique about Nomi is that it is a synergy of ideas and methods which aren't commonly used. They provide economic opportunities for survivors and woman at risk of human trafficking by giving them skills so that they can make products for global market; thereby earning an income to support their family! The most important part of Nomi's concept is that it is not handing out money to survivors or woman at risk. They are earning it. Nomi is teaching them job and leadership skills so they can change their lives. "you give a man a fish, he will life for a day. if you teach a man to fish, he will be fed for a lifetime." this is the essence of Nomi's work. When asked to join Nomi's Board, I thought about the abovementioned phrase and said, I am on board to teach these women a way to feed themselves and their families for the rest of their lives. Nomi has moved on from being a fully volunteer organization to couple of paid staff. We have a long way to go. We need to build up our staff capacity so we can help even more people in the anti-human trafficking arena. studies have shown that if you invest in the livelihood of women, they will reinvest in the community, which causes a positive ripple effect. I look forward to working with Nomi for many years to come and I invite all those who are interested in this amazing cause to join us in this important movement to end modern day slavery.