I was fortunate to witness a birth of this great non-profit organization with such a humanitarian cause. I have known Beatrice – the founder – for a number of years and can testify to her good character, passion and dedication to the organization.
Nivasa is a wonderful non-profit that deserves national recognition for it's help in helping those affected by human trafficking in Sri Lanka. I am very honored to be a donor and aware of the work this foundation is providing with very little funds.
The Nivasa foundation is an organization that touches many peoples hearts on all different levels. This organization is not only important to those who its aiding but the people who are involved as well. I believe great things will come from this, as well as change the lives of children enslaved victoms. It will also make a great impact on those who were previously enslaved.
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I am a regular donor to the Nivasa Foundation and am proud to sponsor families in Sri Lanka that have been victimized by human trafficking. I am personally inspired by the firsthand account of the organization's founder, herself a survivor of slavery. Both of her books, "In Contempt of Fate" and "Enslaved" (which features Beatrice's story) sit on my bookshelf and continue to inspire friends whose curiosity is piqued by her sensational but true story.
The Nivasa Foundation is a truly unique organization with a big heart and even bigger goals. Nivasa may be the only modern day anti-slavery organization founded and directed by a survivor of slavery, bringing a genuine empathy and a deeply personal touch to their work. I feel honored to be a part of this young organization which has already touched the lives of so many former slaves.
Nivasa Foundation is a wonderful organization that I have had the pleasure of learning about through one of their members Isa Garcia. The commitment that this group has to its cause is amazing, and they have touched thousands of lives through all that they do.
Everyone should take a moment to view their website and learn about how to stop the horror of human trafficking.
The Nivasa foundation increases awareness of human trafficking. Beatrice, the founder, discovered the one thing to keep victims of modern-day slavery from accepting additional positions abroad (that can lead to human trafficking) was to support their families. By agreeing with the women that if they stay in Sri Lanka, Nivasa will provide a quality education and basic necessities and break the cycle of slavery. The Nivasa Foundation is very hands on. They travel to Sri Lanka every year to interview the families, children, neighbors, and teachers to ensure the funds are properly distributed. This non-profit cares deeply about the children of human trafficking victims and breaking the cycle of slavery.
As an event volunteer for Beatrice I am throughly impressed by her dedication and managment skills. She pours her heart and soul into NIVASA and is completly devoted to the organization. It is so important that we get the word out about the atrocities that infringe on the civil rights of women.
I have had Beatrice come speak to my college and she was wonderful! She shared a bit about the conflict histrory of Siri Lanka and then dove into her personal experience and what we can do to help the situatuon. I highly recomend her as a guest speaker to any organization or institution.
Its important that women (and men!) come together to stick up for women everywhere and NIVASA is one way we can make change happen.
The general public does not know enough about human trafficking. It is a horrendous crime which is on going around the world as well as in the USA. Victims are women, men and children. It is hard to believe that people are being sold into slavery at this time and age. Just a few years ago I knew nothing about this. I fear that is the case with most Americans, total lack of knowledge.
How do we tell the stories? How do we make a difference? How do we stop this evil? How do we break the chains?
Beatrice Fernando was a victim of human trafficking. Against her will she was sold as a domestic slave in the Middle East. She thought she had signed up to work for two years in order to provide a better life for her young son. Work she did but she received no pay, no food, was beaten daily, had no freedom to move around. She risked her life to escape and experiences long term physical consequences.
To hear her tell her story and see and hear first hand what it was like to be a slave is a profound world view changer. Anyone who has heard her will not be able to forget and can only be challenged to learn more and become involved with breaking the chains of slavery.
Beatrice needs support to tell her story. In her native Sri Lanka women continue to leave the country to do domestic work in the Middle East because of the promised hope of a better life for them and their families. Many come home battered and bruised, that is if they come home alive. Any time I look up news on Sri Lanka, there are headlines about maids and the horrible things that happened to them. One had multiple nails put in her body.
The Nivasa Foundations seeks to help the victims of human bondage and their families. Beatrice cannot forget what she experienced. She could now live a comfortable life in the USA. But she chooses to help other women in Sri Lanka who also became victims. One woman, one life, has made an enormous impact. People need to hear her story, people need to make a difference. Human slavery must be stopped.
I first met Beatrice when she spoke to our women's conference and shared her incredible story of survival from slavery. I have since attended fundraisers and heard her speak in different settings. Her passion to save others from the terrible ordeal she endured combined with her strong faith make the Nivasa Foundation a wonderful nonprofit. I will continue to support the Nivasa Foundation to help end the cycle of slavery.
I have met Beatrice, have heard her story, and have seen how hard she works to find support for this organization. The women of Sri Lanka are truly living under the most terrible conditions imaginable, and Nivasa, small as it is, may be the only hope for many of them. It needs and deserves any support it can get.
Nivasa Foundation helps stop human trafficking and seeks to end the cycle of slavery, one child at a time. Nivasa is a mighty little non-profit run by a mighty and wonderful woman, Beatrice Fernando. Beatrice has a heart for women who are caught in the cycle of poverty, human trafficking and slavery and she works tirelessly so that Nivasa can help as many families as possible on a shoe string budget.
Beatrice was once a victim of human trafficking in Lebanon. She survived the beatings and abuse by jumping off her captor's 4th floor balcony. Miraculously, she made back to her home in Sri Lanka and eventually came to America, but she did not stop there. Because other women in Sri Lanka continue to have trafficking and slavery horror stories like hers, many not surviving their ordeal, Beatrice began the non-profit Nivasa Foundation from her new home in Massachusetts. Nivasa serves to educate people at home and abroad about human trafficking and provides financial assistance to slavery survivors in Sri Lanka to enable them to stay home with their children and avoid the continuous dangers of trafficking and slavery. The Sponsor a Child program enables women to meet the basic education and welfare needs of their children so that they can stay home, conduct a modest home business if possible to supplement their income and not seek overseas employment which often leads to slavery and abuse.
It is a huge task. Nivasa needs more volunteers, more publicity, more sponsors and donors, and more people who would have Beatrice come as a guest speaker and eloquently and passionately describe her own experience while also seeking support for the countless other women who are trapped as she once was in the cycle of poverty and slavery.
The Nivasa Foundation is unique, it is committed to helping the voiceless, the women and children who have no means of support, no government assistance, no way to even pay for school uniforms or bus transportation. Nivasa has given hope and assistance to many families who only want to raise their children and provide education and nutrition so they can walk away from poverty and have a future.