Mission: To empower teenage survivors of sexual abuse in sri lanka to rediscover and celebrate their personal beauty, develop their self-sufficiency, and become leaders in their own communities.
Programs: The emerge program has four components to empower teenage survivors of abuse in sri lanka: (1) beads-to-business curriculum - an art therapy and economic empowerment curriculum that teaches girls to set up and operate their own small businesses, while generating savings for their futures; (2) life skills curriculum - covers reproductive health, financial management, crisis management, and more; (3) mentorship - pairs participants with local female mentors and helps them develop essential communication skills, develop their confidence, and plan for life outside the shelter; and (4) reintegration - supports participants as they make their way from shelter back out into communities. The four program aspects work together to support survivors of sexual violence in a holistic manner that equips them to lead healthy, self-sufficient adult lives. Emerge global has begun to shift away from administering all aspects of the program and instead is empowering a local charitable organization in sri lanka to run the program so that it can last long term in a sustainable manner.
Emerge Global's mission is to empower young women who have survived abuse with the financial, social and personal resources to support themselves and their families, and to solve the most challenging problems facing their communities.
Emerge does wonderful and important work, and has changed the lives of many women in the few years of its operations. It prides itself on its transparency, both regarding its financial needs as well as the challenges it faces.
As one of Emerge Global's supporters, I interact frequently with the leadership of Emerge Global, as well as with its Sri Lankan sister organization. The organizations welcome feedback on its efforts. Emerge maximize the impact each dollar of its contributions makes on its mission.