There has been a lot of growth during the past year for Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers. We have expanded the program in Calcutta so that survivors from various shelters can attend to work. This gives the girls more independence and freedom and allows them more control over their decisions rather than the shelter they stay in controlling all their decisions. It is another move towards freedom.
Of course along with that comes more responsiblity, which all of the girls are not quite ready for yet. It is similar to your teenager getting her first job and the freedom with having their own income to spend, but also the responsibility for showing up to work on time, instead of stopping to hang out with friends and go shopping. Many lessons in freedom and responsibility are being learned.
The training at the newestest Made By Survivors Jewelry Center in Jalpaiguri is coming along well. Soma S and Soma H who were orginial trainees in the Calcutta program (when it began in 2010) travel regularly to teach the new jewelers additional skills. As the new girls gain skills and confidence it is wonderful to watch the Soma's continue to grow in leadership.
Thank you for your support as Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers grow and hire new survivors. Please continue to support the freedom of these survivors through purchasing their spectacular designs on our website at MadeBySurvivors.com. You can also make donations through gifts of empowerment on our website. At this time we are closing the project on Global Giving, but look for new projects in the future. Thank you!
The survivors at the Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers earn a salary, plus receive production and design bonuses. Our goal is for the women who were in the sex trade, or at risk for being lured into it, to earn an income way above the poverty line.
Most of these women have come from utterly impoverished conditions. So when they begin earning money of any sort the men in their lives: husbands, fathers, brothers are excited. But after time the women in Made By Survivors programs begin earning more than many of their family men. This brings about other dire circumstances. Recently several of our women were either beaten by men in their family or their bank accounts were drained of money even when the woman's name was the only one on the account.
The women who were in danger have been moved into the shelter for protection. We are working hard to teach life skills and protections for these women and others to prevent domestic abuse and theft. We are investigating ways to help women protect their income as well. As a social enterprise we care not only for the product being made but for the lives of the women/survivors employed at Made By Survivors.
It is important to raise the value of women in the eyes of the men in India. Made By Survivors raises the social status and income opportunities for these survivors. These women contribute to their families caring for their homes, making imporvements, purchasing food and houseand goods, and educating their children. The inherited and cultural views men in India have about women must change.
Made By Survivors is growing!
Our jewelry center in Kolkata is expanding due to the generosity of Global Seva. They have provided $100,000 for Made By Survivors to rent its own space outside of the aftercare shelter. This will allow girls from many different shelters to come be trained and employed by Made By Survivors.
Our jewelry center in Jalpaiguri is currently training 30 survivors as artisan goldsmiths. This program was started in conjuction with a new shelter build that will eventually house 100 survivors. Just this week the building has been fully funded. Currently the girls are living and being taught in a rented facility.
Be on the look out for new designs and jewelry pieces as the survivors grow in their skills and take initative in creating new jewelry.
Thank you for your support of transforming lives of survivors and empowering them to design their own bright futures.
There has been so much going on at the Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers!
Recently, Made By Survivors received a grant from Global Seva Off the Mat Challennge, to expand the Calcutta Jewelry Center. We will be opening up space to train more girls and to include more aftercare shelters! Then the yogis who raised the money came to visit with the girls working at the center and made jewelry right alongside of the them. Many of the visitors were owners of yoga studios, who are now carrying Made By Survivors jewelry to sell in their studios and empower even more survivors!
Sarah and John, along with additional volunteers and our jewelry trainers are in India and Nepal visiting the shelters and jewelry centers. Sarah said the visit to Jalpaiguri was hard, because the survivors there are still pretty traumitized, but she sees hope as the permanent shelter and vocational training center are being constructed. Calcutta was fun, feeling the energy of the girls and excitement for the expansion. Now Sarah and John are in Nepal visiting the girls who make the Nepali collections. Sarah says she feels very blissfull in Nepal.
Plans are underway to start a jewelry center in Bangladesh as well. Many of the girls trained in our centers in India have been repatriated to Bangladesh. They are ready to start a center there so they can keep working for Made By Survivors and provide employment to other at risk women.
What an exciting season Made By Survivors is in - growing, growing, and growing! Thank you for your support as we empower survivors of slavery to design their own futures!
Made By Survivors had an amazing year engaging with women and children in India, Nepal, Cambodia, Fiji, Thailand, and Bangladesh. In 2012, T. E. N. Charities/Made By Survivors helped 300 women and 200 children. How 2012 Contributions were disbursed: Women served in aftercare, healing arts, vocational training, and employment.
Children are in school.
Your donations made the above happen! Without your support 500 women and children would not have had access to safe living situations, opportunities for income, and education.
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