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Causes: Civil Rights, Job Training, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: The Empanicpation Network creates empowering opportunities for women and children worldwide to build an independent, safe and rewarding future. Our programs educate and train survivors of poverty, abuse, human trafficking, and slavery vocational skills, business and leadership skills, and formal and non formal education.  Upon graduating from our school partners or vocational training programs, survivors earn a good income enabling them to permanently escape poverty and exploitation. 

Results: Survivors Living in Shelters Built or Improved by MBS 500 Employed Survivors 350 School Sponsored Children 250 Artisans Jewelers Trained 70

Target demographics: survivors of human trafficking and at risk women and children

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250 students, 100 women trained vocationally or employed

Geographic areas served: India, Nepal, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Thailand

Programs: Education, Employment, Healing Arts, Aftercare support to shelters

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My recent service trip to India in support of Animal People Alliance exceeded my expectations in every way. I learned so much about the challenges related to animal welfare as well as the human rights crimes that many young and impoverished people are vulnerable to and actually met some of the survivors that have been helped by APA and the parent organization, Made by Survivors. It was an inspiring and motivating experience to see such great work being done and at the same time learn about the people, language, food and culture of India. The trip was well planned and executed and we really enjoyed the other people on the trip as well as our APA guides and staff - truly made for an even more special and once in a lifetime experience. We hope to continue to support the organization as they grow and expand their scope. My company has a 40 hour volunteer program so I was able to donate some of my work time to the trip and they also made a monetary contribution as well which also made the experience that much more rewarding for me. Overall, it was a great opportunity and we returned to the US feeling enlightened, inspired and in awe of some of the great work that we saw being done as a result of both Animal People Alliance and Made by Survivors!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly amazing trip with the Ten Charities, Made by Survivors and Animal People Alliance charities. So much so I have returned to the UK to continue to fundraiser for these charities

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that is doing great work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Made By Survivors is an amazing organization. They are knowledgable and competent—skilled in the delicate and complicated work of helping survivors of human trafficking and raising public awareness about the issue.

I was honored to volunteer with them. I felt welcomed and prepared to do the work that had been assigned to me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Made by survivors has come a long way in its support towards education for the underprivileged girl child. They have successfully played the role in changing their lives from the slums into a meaningful existence. Kudos to this team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very glad to work with Made By Survivors. I really appreciate the way they manage their work at every point, the cool atmosphere of their centres. All members of Made By Survivors they are amazing you can't stop yourself to be part of it. I am very excited for Made By Survivors future growth the way they expended their work from people to animal. My best wishes for them. Thank You Made By Survivors for giving me change to see your work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My church became involved with MBS about 10 years ago after Sarah gave a presentation there. She and John are two of the most dedicated people I know. I am impressed with the results of their work in other countries and it is exciting to here about the individuals that are being helped. There are many nonprofits to give your money to or to work for, but this is the top one for me.




Heather233

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am in love with this organization and the impact they are having to help eliminate human trafficking. The founders and staff are so passionate and authentic, and their vision/mission is key to changing one life at a time. The girls who have been trafficked are able to work in these jewelry centers in India/Nepal, and create the most beautiful jewelry. Each piece is so unique and such an expression of their life journeys. I get compliments on the jewelry every time I wear them. Start now and buy beautiful jewelry for family and friends that goes to this incredible cause and spread awareness - human trafficking has to stop and it starts with individuals like us. Trust MBS - the proceeds truly help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our church has been in partnership with Made By Survivors for many years. We began having sales of products they provided from the various ministries overseas. We liked what they were doing so much that we wanted to do more. We have a ministry team that regularly meets to package, price and box jewelry and other items that are provided to various retailers. We think about and pray for the hands that made the items. MBS is a great organization with committed leadership working hard to fight against human trafficking.

1 Debra44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the great honor to accompany a small group of volunteers with Made By Survivors to India and witness first hand the powerful difference that Made By Survivors/T.E.N. Charities is making in the lives of women and children - those who have been rescued from trafficking and those at risk of being trafficked. I have visited shelter homes where monies donated by T.E.N. Charities have added entire wings and buildings, I have watched in awe as the young women in their jewelry program have grown into confident artisans and entrepreneurs, and I have experienced the appreciation, joy and the love that not just the girls in the program, but the program directors and other charity partners have shared with the volunteers and with Sarah Symons. Another reason I believe T.E.N. Charities stands out as a great nonprofit is Sarah's due diligence with who T.E.N. Charities partners with and supports. Apple of Gods Eye in Nepal, Women's Interlink Foundation, Rescue Foundation and Destiny House in India are all samples of charity partners that are doing amazing work, changing lives for the better. And finally, I am impressed by the quality of goods that are offered through T.E.N. Charities and love that I can purchase a gift that makes a direct difference in the life another.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to serve with Made By Survivors on a volunteer trip to India. I wanted to see first hand how support gets to the children and young women. I can't say enough about all the good that Made By Survivors is doing for victims of slavery and trafficking. Through education, restoration, and empowerment, they are changing so many lives. It is evident that every possible penny is going straight to the survivors and to the shelter homes where they live and are supported. Sarah and John have truly created a sustainable and meaningful solution to help survivors thrive through the rest of their lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am glad to be a part of Made by Survivors. In my career I never saw a non-profit like this. Their plans for women survivors are really incredible which include building women power, self-dependent, self-confidence, and most important thing is support. I must say if anyone listen MBS plans for women development they can’t stop them self to join MBS. I feel proud to be a part of it and gathering great experiences from here. Thank you MBS!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Back in February of last year I was fortunate to visit Kolkata and one of the jewelry centers run by Made by Survivors. It was such a joy and pleasure to see these talented young women at work. They are artist and the expression of their art and the love for what they do shows through in the quality of the products they make. They shared their drawings and concepts as well as walked us through the process of jewelry making. The passion that they have for what they do was so clear in all that they shared. The organization is such an inspiration and is doing such great things for India, Kolkata and giving hope to these young women. My visit was life changing for me and how I approach all aspects of my life. Looking forward to my next visit.

Kemmer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. I had the pleasure of going to India and meeting with the women and children and the staff. The women are so proud of what they have accomplished and they were a pleasure to work with. They taught us how they make the jewelry and showed us some of their sketches of the their designs that they did themselves. They are so smart and very talented I would not have missed it for the world. The children at the centers are so loving and playful. The centers are well kept and the girls showed us around their rooms. We had lunch with the staff and you could see and feel the pride they have in the women and children. Made by Survivors has made such a difference in the lives of so many just showing love and encouragement to women and children who have been through so much. And the founder Sarah Symons should be commended for her determination and sacrifices she has made to make this dream of hers come true, she is truly an
amazing women that founded an amazing Non profit THE BEST!


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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My girlfriend and I had the extreme pleasure to visit the Jewelry Center and Destiny this year. The women amazed me with there work ethics and there pride. They work so well as a team and support each other. They are so talented with their work and they do it so well. While there the ladies trained us on the some of the work they do and it was amazing to actually see the jewelry in the end. They told us they have their own savings and talked about starting their own businesses some day. The atmosphere at the center was filled with a lot of love and pride. They made us feel so welcome. The day my girlfriend and I left to come back to the states we didn't want to leave, we wanted to spend more time there. I have so many of the products they make and I've shown them to other people and they want the web site and are amazed at what they see these ladies make. The staff of this non profit are very dedicated to helping these women and children make a better life for themselves. I was actually in awe of the work they do.

Tammy42

Donor

Rating: 4

After hearing Sarah Symons speak at a local event, describing how she gave up her comfortable life to become a modern day abolitionist, I just had to be a part of her wonderful organization. I was fortunate enough to travel to India with T.E.N. Charities, visiting their facilities and partner shelters, and meeting some wonderful people that work for, and are served by T.E.N. Charities. That was almost 4 years ago now, and my family (still) proudly sponsors a child that has survived the horrors of human trafficking so that she can attend school. Though I am not an active member of the organization, I am thrilled to be able to support them by purchasing beautiful handmade items, such as jewelry, and spreading the word of their amazing work any way that I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to hear Sarah speak about The Emancipation Network, still in its infancy, when she and her family lived on Cape Cod. I sold Made By Survivor items at craft fairs and events, was able to join other volunteers on a trip to India in the winter of 2010, seeing first hand what TEN/MBS was accomplishing with children and young women that had been rescued from human trafficking and slavery, and am able to sponsor a child to attend school that lives in one of the partner shelters. I can't say enough about Sarah, John and all of the dedicated employees and volunteers of this organization....they are amazing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first read about TEN in Family Circle magazine in 2008. Next I checked out them out in Guidestar.org. From then until now, I have been impressed with what I've learned -- that they are the "real deal" --- real people with hearts for victims of trafficking doing real work that makes a real difference.

This nonprofit has motivated me to get involved in anti-trafficking efforts with their "can-do" attitude. They are an inspiration!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met the founder, Sarah Symmonds, when the organization was in its infancy, over a decade ago. It was lots of fun to have parties and sell the items made by survivors of modern slavery, helping them in their struggle to survive after rescue from brothels or other miserable situations into which they had been forced as children. The items are really great so it's a win, win situation for the women who make the products and the people who buy them. To expedite that is really fun. Now Madebysurvivors sells only over the internet and I have organized students at the school in which I work, to buy a load of stuff (either the parents association or I cover the cost initially) and resell the items to students, teachers and parent before the winter gift giving holidays (xmas, hanukah, etc) We are educating the students about the harsh realities for girls who are the same age as they are, but whose lives are so much more difficult. They are happy to help and spread the word. I feel confident about the organization because I have met the principles in it and have watched it grow, so I know all the efforts go right to real people in need.

Dolon B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Made By Survivors happened to me by sheer luck. And i would like to thank the founders of this organization to have had the belief in me thus having given me an opportunty to be a part of the Made by Survivors (MBS) Kolkata - team. MBS has been a life changing experience for me as it has taught me how with determination and optimisim, one can fight against all odds and stand upright. Catering to hundreds of girls and women who have been subjected to sex-trafficking, ecomnic dispute or abondonment, MBS gives them ample opportunties to re-live a normal independent life, to re-establish their own lost identities, to re-create a sense of self-confidence and self-respect.Life always gives you a second chnace and that's exactly where MBS comes forward lending a helping hand to the women / girls by inviting them to join different income generating projects.The Jewelery Program is one such projects that runs in Kolkata, Jalpaiguri and Boisar (near Mumbai). The women/ girls get proper training in jewelery making from trainers who come from US. They even have different workshops hosted by different volunteers .The program has not only given then financial indepedence but has boosted them with faith and confidence and has helped them to let go their tragic past. They have discovered their hidden talents which not only get noticed but highly acknowledged. There are even women in the program who are now the primary/ only bread earner of their family and they enjoy a sense of satisfaction and victory against the hurdles they had faced so far.MBS is the solution to combat slavery and emancipate women. And most importantly the way MBS functions is unqiue. Each and every member of this organization works with the girls with care, love, affection and sincerity and that's the binding factor between the girls and MBS. I feel proud to be a part of this organization that has been helping and supporting women, girls and children to have a better future, a secured life.

Christy8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Made by Survivors has a program that takes womyn from ugly, dark, horrible places and provides a safe place for them to heal, grow, and feel worthy. Working with Made by Survivors has touched my heart to see how you can forgive and move on to making a difference in this world. I love the jewelry that is made and the energy that is emitting from this community. Keep up the wonderful work!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful and life changing opportunity I experienced volunteering with TEN/Made By Survivors. I have gone two years running to Kolkata to see the girls, be touched by their beautiful, open hearts. To be able to receive the gift of bearing witness to the path their lives are on... one of empowerment, education, training, hope, and happiness. They are loved and supported and are such an inspiration. Their ability to emerge from such devastating life experience and with support, are turning their life around where they will be in a position to support themselves with real skills. The future depends on the education of women. The empowerment of women. Support. I am so grateful to have been able to be touched by this amazing group of people, both staff, and the girls themselves. What an inspiration. I hope to be able to return each year to keep supporting this amazing program. Thank you!

Shaylah G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with TEN was a truly life changing experience. Being able to visit the survivors and hear first hand how much the organization has helped them get there lives back and gain independence that they never had the opportunity to have can not be put into words ! The work that TEN and made by survivors does to help survivors of human trafficking cannot be compared to. I cannot wait to go back :)