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October 25, 2012
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.
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