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 am so full of gratitude for Sarah and John's having had the selfless idea to begin this charity, and for making it as robust and reliable as they have done. I discovered Made by Survivors a few years ago when I was looking for a small nonprofit that would allow me to get involved in some meaningful way in the life of one specific project. I couldn't have found anyone more receptive than Sarah Symons. She has brought such incredible joy into the lives of my entire family by allowing us to contribute in a way that has enabled us to link directly with the recipients of our donation. To call is a donation feels inappropriate. I feel as though we are receiving back so much more than we give, both in terms of the deep ties we have built to this organization and the personal lives of the family with whom we are so lovingly connected now in Nepal.
I have every faith and confidence in the organization, in the way in which it handles both its administrative and financial affairs, and the outstanding way in which it presents itself within the nonprofit sphere. Heart is at the heart of everything they do and it shows. Couldn't be more devoted to them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so happy to support an organization truly devoted to serving enslaved woman with the courage to fight for a better life. MBS supports women from start to finish. It's not just an advisory/education type organization...they are completely changing lives of enslaved women who have incredible strength and hope. This is a beautiful, much needed NPO.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My relationship began several years ago with Ten Charities and Made By Survivors when I began purchasing their beautifully handcrafted jewelry for my wellness center. Their product has always been a favorite with my customers. From this professional relationship, I grew in awareness of the epidemic that is human trafficking & how every purchase and person is affected on some level. I have always been impressed by the mission of MBS. They not only shelter these survivors but economically empower them through teaching them a trade.

Last year we were approached to fundraise for Made By Survivors and my husband, myself and my niece Jess Hoertel jumped at the opportunity to financially help such a worthy, reputable charity. We initially thought we would host one fundraiser and that would be that, however, after more education around human slavery we decided to dedicate ourselves to working with organizations such as Ten Charities/MadeBy Survivors to empower them financially so that they can continue doing the wonderful work to help eradicate human slavery.

Since our first meeting with Sarah Symons we have had nothing but a positive experience collaborating with her and the team at Made By Survivors. The organizational skills needed to partner with not only our charity but several in India has been inspiring and a great learning tool for us. Every time we have asked for reports & updates regarding donations made, we have gotten them immediately which only speaks to their transparency and professionalism.

I feel so excited about our partnership with Made By Survivors.

Beth Tiger
CEO & Co-Founder of Durga Tree International

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

Like to make a very large donation so that they could expand and serve more survivors.

Was your donation impactful?

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so impressed with the work this group has taken on. I have learned through Sarah and the folks at Made By Survivors the extent of human trafficking in the world today. I will be sharing their vision with 25 fellow women who will be inspired to join the battle to support these women and children worldwide. My goal is to help spread the word and prevent the travesty of human trafficking throughout the world

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Likely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

After hearing Sarah Symons speak at a local event, describing how she gave up her comfortable life to become a modern day abolitionist, I just had to be a part of her wonderful organization. I was fortunate enough to travel to India with T.E.N. Charities, visiting their facilities and partner shelters, and meeting some wonderful people that work for, and are served by T.E.N. Charities. That was almost 4 years ago now, and my family (still) proudly sponsors a child that has survived the horrors of human trafficking so that she can attend school. Though I am not an active member of the organization, I am thrilled to be able to support them by purchasing beautiful handmade items, such as jewelry, and spreading the word of their amazing work any way that I can.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was fortunate enough to hear Sarah speak about The Emancipation Network, still in its infancy, when she and her family lived on Cape Cod. I sold Made By Survivor items at craft fairs and events, was able to join other volunteers on a trip to India in the winter of 2010, seeing first hand what TEN/MBS was accomplishing with children and young women that had been rescued from human trafficking and slavery, and am able to sponsor a child to attend school that lives in one of the partner shelters. I can't say enough about Sarah, John and all of the dedicated employees and volunteers of this organization....they are amazing!

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known about out T.E.N and Made By Survivors for approximately one year. I recently had the honor to meet Sarah Symons and to learn in detail about what she is doing to help to rescue and to protect the victims of human trafficking. I have also read Sarah's book "this is no ordinary joy" and learned how Sarah became involved in helping people. Sarah is what my vision of a humanitarian is! As a woman with a humanitarian spirit, I have been seeking ways to be useful, using my skills to contribute to a cause for about 6 years. I believe that I have finally found the group that I would like to help and to work with. Not only will I donate monthly to help support T.E.N and Made By Survivors, but I also hope to be able to go to help in the field.

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

No changes to the organization but I would love to see more people involved to help support T.E.N/Made By Survivors

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have the utmost respect and admiration for Sarah Symons, whom I recently met, and the work she does with Made By Survivors and T.E.N. Charities. The number of young abused and exploited women who are helped by this non-profit society is astounding. Best of all, their work is done with Heart.
Sheila Sayer

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

Expand its scope!

Was your donation impactful?

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I think the world is a better place because of the vision and work of Sarah Symons and T.E.N. Charities. I have not only contributed to T.E.N, but I am continually buying jewelry and other items from the charity's Made by Survivors program. (My daughters and daughters-in-law know they can count on some quality jewelry by Made by Survivors each Christmas!) It is wonderful to know that the money from my contributions and purchases is helping to free women from human trafficking and slavery and helping them learn a trade so they can support themselves. It tugs at my heartstrings. I wish more people knew about this charity.

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

I can't think of anything I would change.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I only heard about T.E.N. Charities a few months ago, but in that time the people involved and aided by it have earned such a huge place in my heart -- and I've never even met any of them yet! The work T.E.N. does is invaluable, as it is a grassroots effort and recognizes that the best way to help this issue is not to simply throw money at it, but to use the funds to help empower survivors to become self-sufficient. It is one of the only charities that I would (and have) recommended whole-heartedly to family and friends. I fully trust that the money I donate goes directly to the people who need it, and I can't wait until I get to go overseas and visit these beautiful people someday!

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I heard about T.E.N Charities through my cousins fiance in Maryland. I am an artist and donated some auction items. Helped with the silent auction..Great time.!.. Then I found out there was a store on Cape Cod that sold survivor made items and could not believe the creativeness and quality..! The owner of the store I found out moved to Florida....Her name is Sarah...
Very proud to help a worthwhile charity that teaches skills that one keeps forever...I like how some of the survivors come back to help teach their skills to the new children in the schools.
There is a solid foundation here that gets results. Very powerful program Indeed.!

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

Not sure if there is a Loan program to help survivors with business start up money....But it might help.!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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