Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers

Jun 5, 2013

Expansion of MBS Jewelry Centers

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.

Mar 18, 2013

March 2013 MBS Jewelry Center Report

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!

Dec 31, 2012

Winter Report 2012

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.

  • 30 women are in safe housing in Jalpaiguri
  • 85 girls trained & employed as artisan goldsmiths in India
  • 150 survivors painted murals in Calcutta and Mumbai
  • Finished the floor for a shelter in Nijoy
  • Refurbished a shelter home in Jalpaiguri
  • 200 women employed in Nepal, Fiji, Ghana, Thailand, and Cambodia

Children are in school.

  • Access to education is one of the greatest factors to eliminating abject poverty
  • Education helps to bridge the equality gap for girls
  • Being able to read and write protects people from exploitive contracts
  • 200 Children sponsored for formal education


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.  

Thank you.  


Sep 11, 2012

MBS Jewelry Centers Fall 2012 Report

Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers in Mumbai and Calcutta have been extremely successful in providing job skills and a sustainable income, and also in raising the status of women. Currently the Made By Survivors programs are operated at a partner agency’s aftercare shelters.   Over the next year we expect to see the expansion of 2 existing shelters and into another country.

Calcutta - In Calcutta, Made By Survivors will open an independent center in which survivors from the existing program, as well as survivors from 10 different shelter programs in the city would receive training and long-term employment.  This is the next step towards independent living for the survivors – to go to work and interact with others. The Global Seva Challenge is helping to raise the money to secure a building for the expansion.

Mumbai – In partnership with the Rescue Foundation we will be expanding to two centers in the Mumbai area, one in the city and another located in Bosiar.  This will increase our space for production and increase our capacity to train and employ more survivors. 

Bangladesh – Many girls from the Mumbai Jewelry Center have been repatriated back to Bangladesh.  Bangladesh lacks the infrastructure to provide survivors with the employment to keep them safe from further exploitation.  These survivors were successful jewelers at the MBS Center and we want to make sure that these girls have access to fair and safe employment and even the opportunity to begin their own businesses.  We are currently searching for a NGO that will allow us space to establish a work center for the repatriated girls.  During the process we will provide the repatriated survivors with metals and tools to continue making pieces for the MBS line and receive payment for their work.

Thank you for supporting survivors of human trafficking through Made By Survivors fair and dignified employment initiatives.  Your support allows us to train and hire more and more survivors of sex slavery, exploitation, and other horrific abuses.  Please visit our website to see the beautiful artistry of the girls at the Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers.  

Jun 11, 2012

Summer 2012 Report MBS Jewelry Centers

Made By Survivors now has 3 Jewelry Centers in India!  

In April, the 3rd center opened in Jalpaiguri.  Staff have been interviewing survivors at the Women's Interlink Foundation shelter for artisan goldsmith training.  Jewelry designer, Nancy, began training the Jalpaiguri survivors in May.  It has been exciting as staff and the survivors prepare for new jewelry center.  Read more here.

Plans are also under way to establish a jewelry center in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  Many of the survivors residing in India were trafficked from Bangladesh.  The Indian government repatriates them back to Bangladesh.  Many of the girls who have been trained and employed at the MBS Jewelry Centers in India have been repatriated to Bangladesh, but are at risk for further exploitation because there are no resources in Bangladesh to employ them as artisan goldsmiths.  MBS staff will be heading to Bangladesh in August to meet with potential partners.

Currently in Kolkata the MBS Jewelry Center is housed in the Women's Interlink Foundation.  There are plans being discussed to rent our own facility, so that we can employ survivors from shelters all over the city.  

Thank you so much for supporting the economic empowerment of survivors of human trafficking through Made By Survivors.  Our top priority is to help as many survivors as possible secure financial independence and be slavery-proof!

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