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Love146
March 18, 2011

I used to live my life in a bubble world. I didn't realize many things that went on around me. Then in 2007 I found out about Love146. They informed me about how every minute, 2 children are sold into sexual exploitation of sexual slavery. They informed me that 27 million people were enslaved around the world and that more than half of them were children. I was in awe of what I learned. I thought slavery ended when it was abolished in the U.S. but I started to learn a great deal of information about modern day slavery and the abuse done to some as young as 5 years old (and some even younger than that). People are forced into prostitution, sold into bondage to do things that no child can even comprehend. It is happening, and Love 146 is doing so much to help restore those who are rescued out of their slavery.

I have been so influenced because of what I learned from Love146, that as soon as I found out about what they were doing to help educate victims and show love that these children have never truly seen before through their advocacy, I started to daily research the issues. I have learned the greatness of spreading awareness and even did a presentation for my church on it, using the many examples given through love146. I also held a car wash with the youth group of my church to donate money to help them continue in it, as well as raise money for them amongst family and friends. I have enjoyed the updates I receive each month from them through emails, reading their blog, and knowing that their safe homes that I have helped support are making a difference in the lives of girls who have survived and will survive when they are restored back into society.

The workers at Love146 all seem to have twitters and have really great communication and ways that you can be involved in helping them continue in their work of changing lives. They've held bike rides and walks/runs each year to spread awareness and raise money, they've held their Car Wash Across America to do the same, and are very involved in their dedication to bringing an end to slavery!

I will continue to love and support all that Love146 represents, which is bringing a voice of those who are ignored and abused.

The Great!

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

seeing people learn and start to also get involved in raising awareness and talking about it. Also I went to a freedom fair to educate people about slavery run by love146. I receive a lot of personal responses from workers themselves. They are very friendly and have great communication. They cause great joy to those they help, that's a huge result!!!!!

Ways to make it better...

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

Nothing. They're amazing. They even train people to work with them. I'd love to do that.

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & spread awareness.

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