I have only known about Ten for 3 months. In searching for a charity to support, I look for alignment of my interests, focused members, passion at the top and a low expense ratio. Ten had all of the above, with true passion and extreme attention to getting maximum amount of dollars raised into the hands of the young women they are training in a skill that will provide a lifetime of independence. A truly inspirational group of people who I am pleased to now be aligned with.
TEN Charities is a program that quite simply put works...and works well. I have seen the positive and direct impact TEN Charities has made in the lives of many young women. I sponsor a young girl who was once a victim of sex trafficking and now because of the efforts of TEN Charities is a thriving happy 14 year old. We write letters to each other and send photos. TEN Charities takes one of the most horrifying human conditions and creates hope and a future for victims of slavery and trafficking. I became involved with TEN Charities about 7 years ago when I did a short documentary on the program. I was beyond impressed with the work they do. I continued to stay involved over the years because of how impressed I was with the team, the results and the girls.
I love this organization. They are lean and serious, and you can see the effects of their work everywhere. I have sponsored a child for the past 9 years, and I have come to know her through the consistent letters and reports I receive. I donated to the "Raise the Roof" campaign and got to witness a new shelter home built in a very vulnerable border area in India. In short, what I find is that when I give, I see results, and I feel good about where my dollars are going. In addition, all the communications and posts from this organization are uplifting, hopeful, forward-oriented. It is clear that the survivors of trafficking and other violence are at the center of this organization's planning and programming, and they are respected and honored as partners, not objects of "charity." In short, this nonprofit has my highest rating and it is the one I give to over and over again.
When I am working for/with Made By Survivors, I feel it is the best time I spend on this earth--aside from raising my own daughter. The founders and staff are all completely committed, as Sarah says, they all go "all in," living their commitment to ending slavery. Working with survivors has been one of the greatest gifts of my life--I have learned so much about resilience, strength, and grace. I will fight the scourge of sex slavery and exploitation until my dying day, but it's so much better having such an amazing group of people to do it with, through an organization that is so very solid, ethical, and visionary.
Amazing products, amazing work i n the world! This org helps women and girls for life providing shelter,education and employment.
I recently got involved with this incredible organization. I have been so impressed with the level of commitment of the team and the amazing work they're able to do in India and Nepal and the neighboring areas. Sarah, one of the co-founders, is beyond smart, motivated and overall inspiring. She is leading the charge in developing the most impactful programming and the stories she shares from her time on the ground provoke such strong emotions and a clear desire to give more back.
Human trafficking is not an easy thing to address. Sarah and her team are making great strides in providing these survivors the shelter, education, and high-wage job training they need to break the cycle of violence and feel economically empowered in their societies. Giving these people the freedom to remain free is an amazing gift and I can't wait for the opportunity to help even more people achieve this peace.
Made by Survivors (MBS) is powerfully changing both the lives of survivors of slavery and the communities in which they thrive through MBS programs. By empowering survivors as artisans and entrepreneurs, they can rebuild their lives and those of others while making a contribution to society. The approach is designed to create a sustainable solution for one of today’s most challenging global social justice issues, human trafficking. Through the passion and sweat of the MBS founders, this organization has already made an enormous impact with limited resources and continues to creatively seek opportunities to advance their mission.
I've been involved with Made by Survivors ever since I heard Sarah speak so eloquently and passionately at a women's retreat here in Colorado over six years ago. During that time I've organized fund raisers, spoken to groups, purchased and sold the jewelry to raise money to build shelters, educate, and give counseling and love to the survivors. Every moment of working with them has left me increasingly impressed with the dedication, high integrity, and compassionate service that Sarah and John and all those involved continue to exhibit. This charity works: It has served thousands of survivors and continues to give 100% of profit from sale of the products to those who need it.
Ten Charities, of Made by Survivors, is for sure the best non profit I've been involved with. The founder, Sarah Symons, has taken on a gargantuan problem (slavery) and worked tirelessly, with strength and compassion for seven years to offer hope for a new life to survivors. I know it hasn't always been easy. There were sacrifices, disappointments, setbacks.
But because of persistence, passion, and an excellent business plan, TEN is now flourishing. Everyone seems to want to help. We partner with dozens of organizations around the world, we've virtually saved the lives of thousands of girls, and we've helped raise awareness of the reality of what traffickng really means.
I'm so proud to be a part of this organization! Sarah's new book, No Ordinary Joy, sums up the essence of TEN: To bring joy where there was despair, to bring a future where there was none, to bring love where there was fear. And this joy belongs to all of us--volunteers, donors, board members, and of course the survivors.
And PS. This is the only non profit I know of where 100$ of the money we make selling their products goes right back to the survivors!
Human trafficking is one of the most challenging ongoing social justice issues. TEN works in a very hands on and pragmatic way in focusing on both victims and those at risk and helping them move beyond trafficking issues and helping them build job skills and economic opportunity.
I became involved with Made By Survivors as a graduate student worker assisting MBS with a myriad of projects. Having previously worked on human trafficking issues and programs, I was inspired by Sarah's story and the focus on how they wanted the organization to grow and how they wanted the world to see the women MBS works with. Many organizations focus on an emotional connection, ie. showing the suffering and describing the tragic backgrounds of the women, as an attempt to raise funds and support the NGO. However, MBS focuses on the survival aspect of the women. It does not use pity as fundraising mechanism. They focus on helping the women restart their lives through psychosocial attention, training, and job creation. They use private sector approaches, such as selling jewelry, to generate revenue rather than purely asking for donations. I became so motivated and inspired by MBS that I joined MBS as a Board Member in mid-2014. It is an honor to be associated with such a motivated group that doesn't see the beneficiaries as victims, but rather survivors, and looks to support their activities not merely through hand-outs, but through activities that directly benefit the population the serve. Keep up the amazing work!
We are The Apple of God's Eyes in Nepal, we have been working sheltering many Nepalese kids who were trafficked to India. We have 5 shelter homes and one school in Kathmandu, also we have been more than 1.300 scholarships all over Nepal for prevention against human trafficking. Ten Charities has been our partner since long ago. They've been faithful and very participative towards what was proposed. They have been sending financial support and giving sponsorship for many of our kids so we can keep them studying and dreaming about better future.
This organization works directly with other organizations who are effective at working with people on the ground and making an immediate and real positive difference in the lives of survivors. The team is lean and makes tremendous positive impact with the limited resources they have available.
The founders of Made By Survivors have gone all in to help these young women build new lives. Beyond the money raised from the store, donations are used to build shelters, schools and training programs. The heart and care that goes into this organization is amazing. The survivors are proud of their creations, as well they should be. Great products for a great cause.
I am one of the founders of this organization, so I know firsthand how we change the lives of the survivors. You can see our work yourself by visiting our programs - read all about our recent volunteer trip here: http://www.madebysurvivors.com/teamindia2010