I have been working for TEN Charities for about one year now here in Kolkata, in charge of the Child Sponsorshp project. I am impressed with how TEN networks among like-minded groups here to protect at-risk women and children. My job is to interview and interact through expressive arts with the children who are receiving educational sponsorships, which allow them to attend school or special activities. In just one year, I've seen many of the children bloom. All children are able to learn and take control of their lives if education is a priority – and this is proven over and over again with the Child Sponsorship program and the commitment of TEN and all the groups it works with in Kolkata. Visiting the children and our partner organisations, and then reporting to the caring donors back in the US and the UK gives me a great sense of hope. I am proud to continue to build this bond, this circle of love that pushes ahead children from very low socio-economic backgrounds and gives them opportunities they may not otherwise have known. One more reason TEN CHARITIES is a GREAT non-profit in my eyes is that they are very diligent about fully respecting the privacy of each girl, each young woman they work with. Each story is personal, unique, and often devastating... Rather, TEN Charities encourages each person to look forward and move forward, and must say I can support that wholeheartedly. Thank you for your commitment to these young people.
Wonderful organization! Its program has grown and evolved significantly over the last years, bringing truly meaningful changes in the lives of trafficking survivors by providing them with the training and tools to create economically sustainable lives for themselves.
In their efforts to help survivors through education and employment, Sarah and John have done a fantastic job here in Kolkata.. Their dedication has led to tangible results in our city and I am proud to be associated with them. They deserve every recognition possible and the proof is in the many smiling faces at 'Made by Survivors'
I have had the great pleasure of working alongside T.E.N. for a good few years now and they've been wonderful. John and Sarah have taken time out to visit my charity's silver jewellery workshop for trafficking survivors in Kathmandu, offering their huge expertise, grants, orders and provided a sales outlet to the USA. They couldn't have done much more and we'd have been rather lost without their inputs.
I have been associated with Made By Survivors for the last 4 years. What pleases me about this organisation is that they have a clear vision and goal and are working to achieve that. The teams both in India and in USA are extremely sorted, hard working and organised. They think BIG and they make sure that they are no less than that. MBS has shown considerable growth in the last four years and I've witnessed an incredible progress in the women working in the jewellery project. Having worked with them, I have been extremely fortunate to meet such genuine people.
Emancipation Network has given me the opportunity to work with the survivors directly which helped me in better understanding of the social issues. Emancipation Network helps in emancipating women from their world of slavery and trauma and empower them to lead a better life. The Jewelry Program in which the girls are trained to become professional trainers, not only teach them the art of metal smithing but also gets the best out of each of them. They are very talented, creative, determined, passionate and each one of them is a leader. This transformation wouldn't have been possible without the intervention of Emancipation Network. They have changed their lives and changed their way of looking at life. Emancipation Network has a high potential in bringing about a change in the way women are looked at in the society. These women have been able to support their family, they are respected and recognized by everyone in their family. Emancipation Network is a tool to reach out to people and to all those victims of sex trafficking who accept their disrespected lives as their 'fate', that there are people who are working to give them back their right and a mean to live a respected life.
I am the owner of a small Fair Trade Shop in Newport, KY called "It's only Fair!" We have been selling Made by Survivor products for about 3 years. Several years ago, my daughter & I traveled to India to visit some of the projects that we are partnered with there. It was my first visit to India, but hopefully not my last!
We spent 2 days with Made by Survivors' staff in Kolkata, visiting several of their homes & the Jewelry Center. Our time there was amazing, as was the staff we were privileged to spend time with. I was so impressed with the work they are doing, and the difference that they are making in the lives of so many girls & young women! I just received a shipment of their beautiful jewelry & felt bags from Nepal this week, our store will continue to carry their products!
I am the Founder of UK charity "Freedom Matters" (www.freedommatters.org.uk) which like Made By Survivors works with trafficking survivors in south Asia, in our case in Nepal. We are conducting very similar work as we provide training and employment to survivors, empowering them and reducing the risk of their being re-trafficked. MBS has a silver jewelry workshop in Calcutta while we are following in MBS's wake with setting up one in Kathmandu. Sarah and John have been wonderful during this start up phase, readily sharing their experience with us and encouraging the initiative through placing several substantial orders. They have shown excellent due diligence by visiting our workshop personally where they gave their advice and suggestions for improvement to local staff and volunteers. Through MBS our workshop is sells to the U.S. market. Sarah and John are worth their weight in gold (not silver) and MBS so thoroughly deserves this Award.
I work in the same field as the Emancipation Network, Made by Survivors. I have visited their Jewelry Project several times in Kolkata and each time was extremely impressed by what I saw. The last time I was there one of the girls said she was now earning more than her husband through the program. That is simply amazing. I also saw them take a girl in and create a job for her, even though their wasn't really one, just to make sure she had a decent wage. I can't say enough good things about how they operate their programs. The girls success speak for it. Support them!
I have been following Emancipation Network/Made By Survivors for years. Their passion and dedication to meeting the needs of human trafficking survivors is remarkable and far reaching. In addition to providing education and employment skills to survivors, they also work to prevent human trafficking by reaching vulnerable people through their programs and partnerships in multiple countries. The Emancipation Network is effective and works hand in hand with many other organizations in the fight to end slavery.