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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the great pleasure of working alongside T.E.N. for a good few years now and they've been wonderful. John and Sarah have taken time out to visit my charity's silver jewellery workshop for trafficking survivors in Kathmandu, offering their huge expertise, grants, orders and provided a sales outlet to the USA. They couldn't have done much more and we'd have been rather lost without their inputs.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been associated with Made By Survivors for the last 4 years. What pleases me about this organisation is that they have a clear vision and goal and are working to achieve that. The teams both in India and in USA are extremely sorted, hard working and organised. They think BIG and they make sure that they are no less than that. MBS has shown considerable growth in the last four years and I've witnessed an incredible progress in the women working in the jewellery project. Having worked with them, I have been extremely fortunate to meet such genuine people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Emancipation Network has given me the opportunity to work with the survivors directly which helped me in better understanding of the social issues. Emancipation Network helps in emancipating women from their world of slavery and trauma and empower them to lead a better life. The Jewelry Program in which the girls are trained to become professional trainers, not only teach them the art of metal smithing but also gets the best out of each of them. They are very talented, creative, determined, passionate and each one of them is a leader. This transformation wouldn't have been possible without the intervention of Emancipation Network. They have changed their lives and changed their way of looking at life. Emancipation Network has a high potential in bringing about a change in the way women are looked at in the society. These women have been able to support their family, they are respected and recognized by everyone in their family. Emancipation Network is a tool to reach out to people and to all those victims of sex trafficking who accept their disrespected lives as their 'fate', that there are people who are working to give them back their right and a mean to live a respected life.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am the owner of a small Fair Trade Shop in Newport, KY called "It's only Fair!" We have been selling Made by Survivor products for about 3 years. Several years ago, my daughter & I traveled to India to visit some of the projects that we are partnered with there. It was my first visit to India, but hopefully not my last!
We spent 2 days with Made by Survivors' staff in Kolkata, visiting several of their homes & the Jewelry Center. Our time there was amazing, as was the staff we were privileged to spend time with. I was so impressed with the work they are doing, and the difference that they are making in the lives of so many girls & young women! I just received a shipment of their beautiful jewelry & felt bags from Nepal this week, our store will continue to carry their products!

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

I honestly can think of nothing that I would change.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the Founder of UK charity "Freedom Matters" (www.freedommatters.org.uk) which like Made By Survivors works with trafficking survivors in south Asia, in our case in Nepal. We are conducting very similar work as we provide training and employment to survivors, empowering them and reducing the risk of their being re-trafficked. MBS has a silver jewelry workshop in Calcutta while we are following in MBS's wake with setting up one in Kathmandu. Sarah and John have been wonderful during this start up phase, readily sharing their experience with us and encouraging the initiative through placing several substantial orders. They have shown excellent due diligence by visiting our workshop personally where they gave their advice and suggestions for improvement to local staff and volunteers. Through MBS our workshop is sells to the U.S. market. Sarah and John are worth their weight in gold (not silver) and MBS so thoroughly deserves this Award.

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

No suggestions.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work in the same field as the Emancipation Network, Made by Survivors. I have visited their Jewelry Project several times in Kolkata and each time was extremely impressed by what I saw. The last time I was there one of the girls said she was now earning more than her husband through the program. That is simply amazing. I also saw them take a girl in and create a job for her, even though their wasn't really one, just to make sure she had a decent wage. I can't say enough good things about how they operate their programs. The girls success speak for it. Support them!

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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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