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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

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to travel to India to see first hand what wonderful work this organization is doing. There is truly a remarkable group of dedicated people doing incredible work with women and animals in need. I am extremely impressed with their work.

Elizabeth68

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Made By Survivors is an amazing group of selfless individuals! Their continuous efforts to train and economically empower those who otherwise would not have these opportunities is truly awe-inspiring. They are providing hope along with tangible skills that are changing lives for the better. I am so proud to support a non-profit that is enriching lives and ultimately creating real change.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of the work of MBS, and in particular of one of its latest ventures, Animal People Alliance, completely by accident. When I read the mission statement of APA, to bring together women who are victims of trafficking & slavery and injured & sick street animals in India, it touched a nerve. I was lucky enough to be involved in a fundraising rickshaw adventure, and witnessed first hand the positive impact working and caring for these sick animals can have. The vision held by Paul, Belinda and all those involved with APA is amazing. I look forward to visiting Kolkata in the near future to witness the lives that have been transformed by the work of this wonderful organisation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so full of gratitude for Sarah and John's having had the selfless idea to begin this charity, and for making it as robust and reliable as they have done. I discovered Made by Survivors a few years ago when I was looking for a small nonprofit that would allow me to get involved in some meaningful way in the life of one specific project. I couldn't have found anyone more receptive than Sarah Symons. She has brought such incredible joy into the lives of my entire family by allowing us to contribute in a way that has enabled us to link directly with the recipients of our donation. To call is a donation feels inappropriate. I feel as though we are receiving back so much more than we give, both in terms of the deep ties we have built to this organization and the personal lives of the family with whom we are so lovingly connected now in Nepal.
I have every faith and confidence in the organization, in the way in which it handles both its administrative and financial affairs, and the outstanding way in which it presents itself within the nonprofit sphere. Heart is at the heart of everything they do and it shows. Couldn't be more devoted to them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so happy to support an organization truly devoted to serving enslaved woman with the courage to fight for a better life. MBS supports women from start to finish. It's not just an advisory/education type organization...they are completely changing lives of enslaved women who have incredible strength and hope. This is a beautiful, much needed NPO.

Beth115

Donor

Rating: 5

My relationship began several years ago with Ten Charities and Made By Survivors when I began purchasing their beautifully handcrafted jewelry for my wellness center. Their product has always been a favorite with my customers. From this professional relationship, I grew in awareness of the epidemic that is human trafficking & how every purchase and person is affected on some level. I have always been impressed by the mission of MBS. They not only shelter these survivors but economically empower them through teaching them a trade.

Last year we were approached to fundraise for Made By Survivors and my husband, myself and my niece Jess Hoertel jumped at the opportunity to financially help such a worthy, reputable charity. We initially thought we would host one fundraiser and that would be that, however, after more education around human slavery we decided to dedicate ourselves to working with organizations such as Ten Charities/MadeBy Survivors to empower them financially so that they can continue doing the wonderful work to help eradicate human slavery.

Since our first meeting with Sarah Symons we have had nothing but a positive experience collaborating with her and the team at Made By Survivors. The organizational skills needed to partner with not only our charity but several in India has been inspiring and a great learning tool for us. Every time we have asked for reports & updates regarding donations made, we have gotten them immediately which only speaks to their transparency and professionalism.

I feel so excited about our partnership with Made By Survivors.

Beth Tiger
CEO & Co-Founder of Durga Tree International

Tina48

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the work this group has taken on. I have learned through Sarah and the folks at Made By Survivors the extent of human trafficking in the world today. I will be sharing their vision with 25 fellow women who will be inspired to join the battle to support these women and children worldwide. My goal is to help spread the word and prevent the travesty of human trafficking throughout the world

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!

Denise69

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known about out T.E.N and Made By Survivors for approximately one year. I recently had the honor to meet Sarah Symons and to learn in detail about what she is doing to help to rescue and to protect the victims of human trafficking. I have also read Sarah's book "this is no ordinary joy" and learned how Sarah became involved in helping people. Sarah is what my vision of a humanitarian is! As a woman with a humanitarian spirit, I have been seeking ways to be useful, using my skills to contribute to a cause for about 6 years. I believe that I have finally found the group that I would like to help and to work with. Not only will I donate monthly to help support T.E.N and Made By Survivors, but I also hope to be able to go to help in the field.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have the utmost respect and admiration for Sarah Symons, whom I recently met, and the work she does with Made By Survivors and T.E.N. Charities. The number of young abused and exploited women who are helped by this non-profit society is astounding. Best of all, their work is done with Heart.
Sheila Sayer

Sheryl Y.

Donor

Rating: 5

I think the world is a better place because of the vision and work of Sarah Symons and T.E.N. Charities. I have not only contributed to T.E.N, but I am continually buying jewelry and other items from the charity's Made by Survivors program. (My daughters and daughters-in-law know they can count on some quality jewelry by Made by Survivors each Christmas!) It is wonderful to know that the money from my contributions and purchases is helping to free women from human trafficking and slavery and helping them learn a trade so they can support themselves. It tugs at my heartstrings. I wish more people knew about this charity.

Donor

Rating: 5

I only heard about T.E.N. Charities a few months ago, but in that time the people involved and aided by it have earned such a huge place in my heart -- and I've never even met any of them yet! The work T.E.N. does is invaluable, as it is a grassroots effort and recognizes that the best way to help this issue is not to simply throw money at it, but to use the funds to help empower survivors to become self-sufficient. It is one of the only charities that I would (and have) recommended whole-heartedly to family and friends. I fully trust that the money I donate goes directly to the people who need it, and I can't wait until I get to go overseas and visit these beautiful people someday!

Donor

Rating: 5

I heard about T.E.N Charities through my cousins fiance in Maryland. I am an artist and donated some auction items. Helped with the silent auction..Great time.!.. Then I found out there was a store on Cape Cod that sold survivor made items and could not believe the creativeness and quality..! The owner of the store I found out moved to Florida....Her name is Sarah...
Very proud to help a worthwhile charity that teaches skills that one keeps forever...I like how some of the survivors come back to help teach their skills to the new children in the schools.
There is a solid foundation here that gets results. Very powerful program Indeed.!

Donor

Rating: 5

I checked out this charity, and I know that the founders have dedicated their lives and fortunes to helping survivors of human rights abuses to make new and productive lives for themselves. They have beautiful products too. The cards made of handmade paper are gorgeous. The jewelry glows with personal attention to detail and pride. And giving these items to others is like giving two gifts; the item itself, and the knowledge that someone who really needs a lift is getting one.

Want to know more? Try reading "This is No Ordinary Joy: How the Courage of Survivors Transformed My Life" by founder Sarah Symons. Want to know what motivated her to start this? Watch "The Day My God Died" (it's on-line).

Donor

Rating: 4

My Girl Scout troop of teenage girls heard about Made By Survivors from one of their teachers who is a volunteer. They were immediately touched by the stories of the girls who had been saved from brothels, girls their own age. They wanted to help in some way.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am amazed at how much this organization does and how tirelessly they work to put an end to sex slavery. It has brought people together to help others an amazing ways and has given a voice to women and children who would otherwise have none. To be involved in any way is life changing and awe-inspiring!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the work that The Emancipation Network is doing in our world! Creating a life for those who've been denied basic rights. Giving these women hope and love. The women then pass-on the hope and love. It is a never ending cycle. Thank you to all the partners of The Emancipation Network, the volunteers, and the people who continue to resuce others from slavery!

Sonali B.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization helps women and children who have been trafficked for sexual purposes. They also help women and children who are at threat of being trafficked. They are changing lives every single day for thousands and thousands of people. Not only do they help in the rescue of human beings but they also help the same people to create a life that was stolen from them by giving them a place to stay, food, clothes and most importantly a sense of self worth. They also help by giving vocational training in different areas and education to the younger victims. I cannot say enough good things about this organization.