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Causes: Civil Rights, Job Training, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: The Empanicpation Network creates empowering opportunities for women and children worldwide to build an independent, safe and rewarding future. Our programs educate and train survivors of poverty, abuse, human trafficking, and slavery vocational skills, business and leadership skills, and formal and non formal education.  Upon graduating from our school partners or vocational training programs, survivors earn a good income enabling them to permanently escape poverty and exploitation. 

Results: Survivors Living in Shelters Built or Improved by MBS 500 Employed Survivors 350 School Sponsored Children 250 Artisans Jewelers Trained 70

Target demographics: survivors of human trafficking and at risk women and children

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250 students, 100 women trained vocationally or employed

Geographic areas served: India, Nepal, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Thailand

Programs: Education, Employment, Healing Arts, Aftercare support to shelters

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have only known about Ten for 3 months. In searching for a charity to support, I look for alignment of my interests, focused members, passion at the top and a low expense ratio. Ten had all of the above, with true passion and extreme attention to getting maximum amount of dollars raised into the hands of the young women they are training in a skill that will provide a lifetime of independence. A truly inspirational group of people who I am pleased to now be aligned with.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

TEN Charities is a program that quite simply put works...and works well. I have seen the positive and direct impact TEN Charities has made in the lives of many young women. I sponsor a young girl who was once a victim of sex trafficking and now because of the efforts of TEN Charities is a thriving happy 14 year old. We write letters to each other and send photos. TEN Charities takes one of the most horrifying human conditions and creates hope and a future for victims of slavery and trafficking. I became involved with TEN Charities about 7 years ago when I did a short documentary on the program. I was beyond impressed with the work they do. I continued to stay involved over the years because of how impressed I was with the team, the results and the girls.

Peggy69

Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing products, amazing work i n the world! This org helps women and girls for life providing shelter,education and employment.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently got involved with this incredible organization. I have been so impressed with the level of commitment of the team and the amazing work they're able to do in India and Nepal and the neighboring areas. Sarah, one of the co-founders, is beyond smart, motivated and overall inspiring. She is leading the charge in developing the most impactful programming and the stories she shares from her time on the ground provoke such strong emotions and a clear desire to give more back.

Human trafficking is not an easy thing to address. Sarah and her team are making great strides in providing these survivors the shelter, education, and high-wage job training they need to break the cycle of violence and feel economically empowered in their societies. Giving these people the freedom to remain free is an amazing gift and I can't wait for the opportunity to help even more people achieve this peace.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Made by Survivors (MBS) is powerfully changing both the lives of survivors of slavery and the communities in which they thrive through MBS programs. By empowering survivors as artisans and entrepreneurs, they can rebuild their lives and those of others while making a contribution to society. The approach is designed to create a sustainable solution for one of today’s most challenging global social justice issues, human trafficking. Through the passion and sweat of the MBS founders, this organization has already made an enormous impact with limited resources and continues to creatively seek opportunities to advance their mission.

Diane92

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Made by Survivors ever since I heard Sarah speak so eloquently and passionately at a women's retreat here in Colorado over six years ago. During that time I've organized fund raisers, spoken to groups, purchased and sold the jewelry to raise money to build shelters, educate, and give counseling and love to the survivors. Every moment of working with them has left me increasingly impressed with the dedication, high integrity, and compassionate service that Sarah and John and all those involved continue to exhibit. This charity works: It has served thousands of survivors and continues to give 100% of profit from sale of the products to those who need it.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Ten Charities, of Made by Survivors, is for sure the best non profit I've been involved with. The founder, Sarah Symons, has taken on a gargantuan problem (slavery) and worked tirelessly, with strength and compassion for seven years to offer hope for a new life to survivors. I know it hasn't always been easy. There were sacrifices, disappointments, setbacks.
But because of persistence, passion, and an excellent business plan, TEN is now flourishing. Everyone seems to want to help. We partner with dozens of organizations around the world, we've virtually saved the lives of thousands of girls, and we've helped raise awareness of the reality of what traffickng really means.
I'm so proud to be a part of this organization! Sarah's new book, No Ordinary Joy, sums up the essence of TEN: To bring joy where there was despair, to bring a future where there was none, to bring love where there was fear. And this joy belongs to all of us--volunteers, donors, board members, and of course the survivors.
And PS. This is the only non profit I know of where 100$ of the money we make selling their products goes right back to the survivors!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Human trafficking is one of the most challenging ongoing social justice issues. TEN works in a very hands on and pragmatic way in focusing on both victims and those at risk and helping them move beyond trafficking issues and helping them build job skills and economic opportunity.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I became involved with Made By Survivors as a graduate student worker assisting MBS with a myriad of projects. Having previously worked on human trafficking issues and programs, I was inspired by Sarah's story and the focus on how they wanted the organization to grow and how they wanted the world to see the women MBS works with. Many organizations focus on an emotional connection, ie. showing the suffering and describing the tragic backgrounds of the women, as an attempt to raise funds and support the NGO. However, MBS focuses on the survival aspect of the women. It does not use pity as fundraising mechanism. They focus on helping the women restart their lives through psychosocial attention, training, and job creation. They use private sector approaches, such as selling jewelry, to generate revenue rather than purely asking for donations. I became so motivated and inspired by MBS that I joined MBS as a Board Member in mid-2014. It is an honor to be associated with such a motivated group that doesn't see the beneficiaries as victims, but rather survivors, and looks to support their activities not merely through hand-outs, but through activities that directly benefit the population the serve. Keep up the amazing work!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We are The Apple of God's Eyes in Nepal, we have been working sheltering many Nepalese kids who were trafficked to India. We have 5 shelter homes and one school in Kathmandu, also we have been more than 1.300 scholarships all over Nepal for prevention against human trafficking. Ten Charities has been our partner since long ago. They've been faithful and very participative towards what was proposed. They have been sending financial support and giving sponsorship for many of our kids so we can keep them studying and dreaming about better future.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization works directly with other organizations who are effective at working with people on the ground and making an immediate and real positive difference in the lives of survivors. The team is lean and makes tremendous positive impact with the limited resources they have available.