T.E.N. Charities

Rating: 4.95 stars   78 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Human Services, International, Women, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: PO Box 3403 St Augustine FL 32085 USA

Mission: Made By Survivors, a program of T.E.N. Charities, creates empowering opportunities for women worldwide to build an independent, safe and rewarding future. Made By Survivors educates and trains survivors of poverty, abuse, human trafficking, and slavery in jewelry making, business and leadership skills.  Upon graduating from Made By Survivors' training programs, artisans earn a good income in a previously exclusive industry, enabling them to permanently escape poverty and exploitation.  All profits from product sales fund programs for survivors and their children, including: rescue, aftercare, healing arts and school sponsorship.
Results: Survivors Living in Shelters Built or Improved by MBS 500 Employed Survivors 350 School Sponsored Children 250 Artisans Jewelers Trained 70
Geographic areas served: India, Nepal, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Fiji
Programs: Education, Employment, Healing Arts
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 37-1497985
800-831-6089
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with TEN as a volunteer for over a year now. I begain by going on a volunteer trip to India last January/February 2010. There, I worked with adults and children who have been victims of human trafficking. The TEN staff are incredibly warm and welcoming and have incredible passion for the anti-trafficking movement. Further, they empower survivors to take part in their healing process rather than simply giving them direct services.

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

I've personally experienced results of this organization on my trip to India. Watching the staff engage the women in highly skilled trades was powerful. When in India I purchased a few items that are also available on TEN's website. The women who made the items were incredibly proud to show me the items they made and to see me wearing the things they made. I saw tremendous confidence and self-esteem in the women, as facilitated by TEN.

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

If I could make any changes I would increase TEN's visibility in the anti-trafficking movement. They are uniquely serving victims by providing life skills to survivors and people who are at-risk for trafficking.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with TEN for over five years. I began by fundraising and coordinating educational events in Arizona, and after I volunteered with the organization in India, I really felt called to take a more direct role. I am currently working to expand TEN's efforts in rural India- more can be found at www.saktiprogram.blogspot.com. TEN has definitely changed my life for the better, and I know countless volunteers, survivors and at risk women feel the same. I have personally met some of the girls TEN has worked with, and it is amazing to see how empowered and self-sufficient they have become.

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

countless ways. I have visited TEN's program sites in India and worked with the survivors TEN assists to become self-sufficient. I have seen the products the girls make, but most importantly how confident the girls have become.

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

increase the budget. :) I have seen TEN make the most of every dollar donated and i know that with increased funding and more staff TEN could expand its work to other places and other women in need.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I really can't think of anything!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Absolutely! It helped me to confirm that international aid work, and specifically reducing human trafficking through economic development, is how I want to dedicate my life. Through working with TEN I have gained skills in fundraising, grant-writing, public speaking and program development. I have also formed positive relationships with TEN volunteers and staff.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I am doing what I am supposed to be doing with this life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently returned from a trip working with the Emacipation Network in Kolkata, India. I found their work there very focused to provide the most benefit and effective results with the resources at hand. I respect and have more fully and practically adopted their approach that freeing slaves must be primarily concerned with slave-proofing and providing sustainable freedom to those liberated.

I will continue to work with the Emancipation Network and the lessons they've taught me will carry over into my own work.

Jacqueline zimowski
No Human Trafficking

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

personally seeing and interracting with the children and young women participating with their programs in India.

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

Increase funding, grants and exposure wherever possible so that the work can expand on a larger scale in all the countries where they are establishing a presence.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love the work that The Emancipation Network is doing in our world! Creating a life for those who've been denied basic rights. Giving these women hope and love. The women then pass-on the hope and love. It is a never ending cycle. Thank you to all the partners of The Emancipation Network, the volunteers, and the people who continue to resuce others from slavery!

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

I've used the products made by the survivors of slavery. These are wonderful, high-quality products. T.E.N. provides the materials, teaches the women the skills to create products, and helps them gain the respect in their community that they deserve.

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

Getting the word out is tough. So much competition in our country with other worthy causes. Celebrity endorsements might help. But, spending the time to get those endorsements takes away from the time spent with the women who've been rescued. It's a catch 22.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization helps women and children who have been trafficked for sexual purposes. They also help women and children who are at threat of being trafficked. They are changing lives every single day for thousands and thousands of people. Not only do they help in the rescue of human beings but they also help the same people to create a life that was stolen from them by giving them a place to stay, food, clothes and most importantly a sense of self worth. They also help by giving vocational training in different areas and education to the younger victims. I cannot say enough good things about this organization.

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

Volunteering at some fund raisers when I lived in Boston. I saw what the impact was on the average person to hear the stories of the girls and how it motivated people to do something to help.

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

Do some more online marketing or do marketing in women specific businesses (gyms, salons, etc).

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been following Emancipation Network/Made By Survivors for years. Their passion and dedication to meeting the needs of human trafficking survivors is remarkable and far reaching. In addition to providing education and employment skills to survivors, they also work to prevent human trafficking by reaching vulnerable people through their programs and partnerships in multiple countries. The Emancipation Network is effective and works hand in hand with many other organizations in the fight to end slavery.

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

motivating me to use my talents and skills to find ways to prevent human trafficking and work to restore survivors of human trafficking.

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

increase their online presence and social marketing.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Made By Survivors is able to use their resources and skills to impact the issue of human trafficking in many countries and with many nationalities.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Being a part of the work that The Emancipation Network does has been an absolute gift. I have learned so much, met so many wonderful people, and filled a spiritual void that had been very much needed in my life. I can not express how much I have gained from being a part of this organization.

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

My own social awareness of women's issues around the world and the empowerment that can happen when people take the time to care and get involved.

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

Nothing comes to mind.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am currently sponsoring the school for a 13 year old girl in Kathmandu, India. The staff has been wonderful with answering all my questions, and ensuring that the money and my letters are actually going where they're supposed to be going. The moment I received the pictures, report card, and correspondance of the young lady was a moment I'll never forget. I highly recommend sponsoring all the children you can. The Emancipation Network makes it easy to do, and the cost is very reasonable. The only thing that would make this experience better is to actually meet the sponsored child in person, and hopefully this year I will!

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

by receiving pictures and correspondance regarding the sponsored children.

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

recruit as many screened volunteers as possible to go to India and Nepal to spread the word about human trafficking to rural areas, work the border crossings in search of violators, and teach English and business skills to survivors and children.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

web searching organizations agains human sex trafficking

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering for the Emancipation Network is a wonderful experience. You learn much about how to approach women and girls moving away from horrible circumstances. You are reminded these women and girls are survivors. I love telling people about the economical model behind the organization. It's a smart model.

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

that I have learned that the economical opportunities made available through artisanship and education can provide for longterm results.

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

get a larger corporate sponsorship network in place.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In January of this year (2011), I traveled to Kolkata with a group of volunteers. It was an incredible and life changing experience. I am committed to returning again next year. I met wonderful staff who serve the organization, had my heart sung open by the beautiful smiles and open hearts of the girls in the shelter homes. In spite of what one would think, that visiting survivors of trafficking might be a terrible and heavy task it was SO not that at all. The girls are focused now on their present and their future. Their love and joy was palpable. I want to sponsor a child to go to school, and am committed to rounding up others in my life to do the same. This is a hands- on wonderful organization. I made lifetime friends and cannot wait to go back!

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

my personal life, in that I cannot continue to live in the same way, knowing that there are others out there (that I have met firsthand) that are in need of our support. I want to tell everyone I meet about it and have them get on board. For the prices of a few cappuccino's per week, ($30 per month!) we can change the life of another human being FOREVER! Isn't it worth it??!!

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

Have longer internships or volunteer time available in their programs!

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