The funds needed to building the shelter and employment center in Jalpaiguri is fully funded! Thank you for your generosity! Additionally, Tarsadia Foundation, The Denver Vision Board, UCC-Tolland, and other private donors have supported this project to make 100 girls Free Forever.
The ground has been broken for construction and 30 girls are already living in a temporary space. Some of the survivors are also being trained as artisan goldsmiths.
"I visited the site of this project in March and go to know 30 of the 100 girls that will live in the new shelter. Many were very recently rescued and the trauma was some of the worst I have seen. Despite that there was a spark of hope and such huge potential in each girl. In their young lives they have experienced so much suffering - beyond my ability to even express. Now they deserve to be safe and loved and to be able to create a beautiful future. I feel we have to give them that." - Sarah Symons, Made By Survivors Founder and Executive Director
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!
Feb 27, 2013
1st Quarter Report 2013
By Robin Rossmanith - Development Director
Made By Survivors and Women's Interlink Foundation broke ground last week for the permanent builidng to house 125 survivors and have a jewelry workshop for employment. The shelter and workshop are currently operating out of a rented facility.
Survivors are living there and being trained as jewelry designers. Two ladies, who were among our first girls to be trained in the Made By Survivors' Jewelry Program in Calcutta, have been traveling to Jalpaiguri to teach the girls living in the shelter the basic steps in silversmithing.
The jewelry program provides training, employment, and opporunities for advancement. Many of the girls employed by Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers are able to live independent of the shelter because of their income. In Jalpaiguri over the next 3 girls will have safe shelter, security, an employment - allowing them to become Free Forever from others demands, abuses, and exploitation.