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Durga Tree International, Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Human Trafficking, Philanthropy

Mission: Durga Tree International’s mission is to raise funds that support global initiatives to heal, protect, educate, and economically empower survivors of Modern Slavery. We bring together qualified partner organizations in the spirit of collaboration to support their individual and collective strengths, create a support network for modern abolitionists, foster a variety of programs around the globe effectively dealing with the many facets of modern slavery, and educate local US communities about their relationship to Human Trafficking and how it effects every person’s life.

Target demographics: eradicate the global epidemic that is HumanTrafficking

Direct beneficiaries per year: countless survivors of slavery by raising over $100,000 in donations.

Geographic areas served: the US, Central America, Africa, and Asia

Programs: fundraising events and educational opportunities to raise support for grassroots organizations working directly with trafficked victims and survivors.

Community Stories

82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to say that I have worked with and volunteered with Durga tree. I did not realize the importance of this human rights issue before I was involved with Durga! The organization is made up of passionate board members, volunteers, and supporters who truly put their hearts and souls into making a difference in the lives of those who have been effected by trafficking. They also work diligently to educate others on this important issue that is happening all over the world.

3 LisaClifford

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Durga Tree International is on a forever quest for the next step for the survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery. They continue to build awareness and raise much needed funds for the ongoing projects it supports. I am empowered when I participate with this organization and they are consistently on the path to eradicate this plague. I am always grateful to be in service to these children who can't speak for themselves.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Watching this Organization help so many in such a short amount of time is prideful to say I support them. They reach out to educate the community and bring in other abolitionists who believe that one voice matters. They are a rising voice against Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. They have made it possible for their partners to do the work that is needed by fundraising for them. I support this organization because they speak to my life purpose. "I am the resounding voice of the voiceless who stands beside those bound by the chains and atrocities imposed upon them."

They are selfless and genuine. I am blessed to be a part of something so great. The organizations they partner with as well are uplifting and grateful for this work done by Durga Tree International. They are a transparent non profit who expects the same of those who they partner with. Their work in Guatemala and India is showing positive results.

It is a pleasure to be able to be a part of this organization.

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Marissa F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Durga Tree International has opened my eyes to so many things that are happening around me, most of which I was not aware of. Everyone involved in Durga Tree is honestly there to make a difference, we all chose to make a difference. We want everyone to have the freedom of choice in this world as well. Human trafficking has become slightly more prominent in the media and politics, but not enough. Durga Tree International is trying to change that, we want to educate, help, and maintain everyone on this topic.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Durga Tree International has been nothing less than amazing. Everyone has the same passion and drive to eradicate this terrible situation. Durga Tree puts all its efforts in to helping in as many ways possible by education, fundraising, and immersion trips to get the full experience. I am truly honored to have come across this group of people, and to be able to help support this cause.

1 Daniela5

Donor

Rating: 5

I am going back to Guatemala for the second time , the work of Durga Tree there it is outstanding much more that you ever think !
We bring love ,joy ,hope to this amazing little girls

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a Board Member at Durga Tree International. It amazes me to think what we have accomplished in one short year and the potential of what lies ahead for our charity, the charities we serve and the survivors that we all care for.

I believe in the model of this charity, we have created a unique community of service that I feel will be a model for many other charities in the future.

My involvement in this cause has also changed my life personally for the better. The dedication & hard work of the three co-founders has made being a part of the board an opportunity to grow personally, to see dreams manifested and gives me a great sense of self worth. The potential of this charity is unlimited and will create a movement for the future that I feel blessed to be a part of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being so involved with this organization not only opens your eyes to the reality of human trafficking all around the world but what you can do in everyday life to help change it. This organization really works hard to encourage these survivors to thrive. With the start of their Bloom Program in several locations they will be doing even more of a service to these young women and children to help establish a skill to be able to provide for themselves and their families, rather than be trafficked again because of money. I am so proud to be able to work along side everyone at Durga Tree and make such an impact!
P.S. - Their events are always so much fun!

1 Jessica266

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be apart of such a wonderful nonprofit. Durga Tree International Inc is such an inspiration. Bringing awareness and educating those who don't realize just how prominent human trafficking is in the black market. As an employee in the airlines industry, I know I am surrounded by this daily. I have never felt so connected to a nonprofit before. Durga's mission is the driving factor to help fight to end modern day slavery!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

DurgaTree International is such a wonderful organization! I am so honored to have recently joined as a volunteer. The people I have met have been such an inspiration. What this nonprofit stands for is so impressive, we all must be the change in the world! Thank you DurgaTree for giving us the great experience to be apart of this movement!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Couldn't be more proud of the work that Durga Tree International is doing to help trafficking victims around the world. They are helping survivors to be thrivers and I am always more than happy to pitch in and help out.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am very proud to be a donor and volunteer for Durga Tree International. In just over a year, the money they have raised to help eradicate human trafficking and promote the continued growth of people who have been saved from the international slave trade is beyond remarkable. The care and hard work that Beth and Tim Tiger and Jess Hoertel put into Durga is inspiring. In addition to taking part in the Walk with Ambe in May, I also attended the Gala in 2013 and will be volunteering at the Gala this year. Both events were so delightful and put together so well due to their diligence and attention to every detail. Their integrity is beyond reproach and I can't wait to help them in the months and years to come make Durga Tree an internationally known name and force against the plight of human trafficking and slavery.

1 Jennifer633

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first heard about Durga Tree International shortly after they started their important work in India. Working with survivors of sex trafficking, DTI saw past the immediate need of food and shelter and crafted a motivational and inspiring program to give this incredibly young women real skills to thrive in the world. That was a creative, and much needed development in helping to end the cycle of slavery (many people will re-traffic themselves if they can't earn a living wage elsewhere!).

I was impressed with the seriousness of their work, and the deeply felt sense of personal responsibility I encountered with the team who founded the effort. I joined their international advisory board and got to know their work more deeply - every new layer revealed a thoughtful, caring, and serious approach to tackling the daunting challenge of ending modern slavery.

Today, I work with the New England Chapter of this outstanding group. I feel confident, knowing that my donations of time and money are well spent and leveraged fully to make an important difference in the world!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is just a huge feel good nonprofit organization. Great work, great people and the opportunity to see directly the good their fundraising and volunteering does. I've been blessed to be involved in this organization on many levels (volunteering, donating and working) since its inception and it has always been a rewarding and humbling experience. My husband and I will continue to work with them as long as they will have us!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the years, I have volunteered for many non-profits and Durga Tree International is by far the hardest working organization for which I have had the pleasure of working. They never forget their mission of service, which is reflected in their meticulous planning of programs and events as well as their focus on transparency of plans and accounting. They are indeed a role model for non-profits looking to truly serve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am extremely selective about where I spend my money and my time. As a volunteer for and donor to Durga Tree, I am impressed with their transparency around money and their projects. They hold themselves to the highest standards and this is what makes them a philanthropy worthy of the highest rating.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Durga Tree International is committed to raising awareness and educating the public about the epidemic of Modern Day Slavery. The staff scours the internet as well as communicates with our partners to stay on top of not only the issue but the work that's being done to help end slavery in our lifetime. They are engaged, effective and empowered to end Human Trafficking.

1 Cbs1020

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud, humbled and honored to be able to support Durga Tree International. This nonprofit does what it takes to honor their mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Durga Tree International is a non-profit organization that fosters the growth and success of charities working to eradicate human trafficking. Any donation ensures that their impact will be felt on a global level, changing the lives of survivors from every corner of the planet.

I have been involved in their many philanthropic events since their inception over two years ago. Their premier gala event this past November, the black-tie Masquerade ball, was an amazing opportunity to "give back." Through the efforts of the founders, Beth and Tim Tiger and many others, well over $200,000 has been raised since its inception . I have also participated in their many other fundraising efforts. In March of 2015, I traveled to Guatemala to participate in the first Volunteer Immersion Excursion. This immersion trip gave all those, who participated, an authentic “first look” at the faces of human trafficking by visiting a shelter populated with rescued victims. Through this service immersion, I have stretched myself and grown tremendously, full able to translate my awareness into continuing the fight against trafficking. I fully applaud the efforts of all those involved in Durga Tree International. It's about "walking the talk" .... something that they do every single day. I am proud to be able to give back to this organization and to everything that it stands for.

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Beth115

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am blessed to be on the board for this incredible organization. The Durga Tree community has awakened my desire to be an active participant in changing the world. It is exciting to see how much we have been able to accomplish in such a short period of time and what we have planned for this year.
I am also in awe of all the courageous survivors we serve every day. When I need a reminder of my blessings all I have to do is think about the smiles on the faces of those who have suffered so much but hope for a better tomorrow.
Durga Tree International offers that hope and I am humbled to be a small part of that.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to be the Director of this collaborative organization. In this last year as our organization has grown so too has the quality of our programs as well as the amount of people we are able to serve worldwide. Our mission, promise and philosophy have also evolved in a way that gives me great hope that together we are creating long lasting sustainable change for survivors of Human Trafficking.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a proud supporter of Durga Tree International. Their work in spreading awareness and improving the lives of abused children is commendable and admirable. The hard work and dedication devoted by this organization is incredible. The stories shared with me of the trip to South America, were touching and heart warming. I look forward to supporting them again soon!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the wonderful opportunity of fundraising and participating in Durga's Annual Lacing Up for freedom walk this past May. Not only was the purpose of the walk inspiring but the fundraiser itself was well run! It was also exciting to know Durga exceeded their fundraising goal for the event! I'm delighted and blessed to be a part of this amazing organization.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing work done by outstanding people. This non profit WILL CHANG THE WORLD!!!#

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Durga Tree is an amazing organization with a very special mission. And, it has the most genuine, heartfelt people working towards it. Beth, Jess, and Kendra all pour their hearts into the goal of eradicating human trafficking. I was blessed to be able to attend their annual service immersion trip last spring and it truly changed my life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Durga does work that is vitally important. They partner with groups who work to stop the crime of human trafficking. Great people, great work, great charity.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I got involved with Durga Tree because of my connection to one of the founders, Jess, and I have not regretted it since! I am proud to say I walked in their first "Lacing Up for Freedom" in 2014 and it was such a fun-filled, powerful day. The event was well planned and well attended, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much the young organization was able to raise. I have been a supporter ever since and I have come to expect the high level of transparency in everything they do. It makes me feel good to see exactly where my donations are going and know that they are making a difference.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a part of the Durga Tree family has been great this past year! I love seeing how everyone comes together to help each other change the world for the better!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for The Durga Tree International last year, and my life has been forever changed. This organization is more like a family, one that will do whatever it takes to change the lives of others. Seeing this organization change the lives of people in need gives me hope for our world.