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.
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.
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.