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.  


Nov 27, 2012

December 2012 Jalpaiguri Report

The Jalpaiguri Shelter Home and Employment Center is progressing.  March saw a change in location for current survivors as the lease on their temporary shelter expired.  Another facility was rented and upgraded for health and safety reasons until the permanent shelter can be constructed.  30 survivors are currently residing in the rented space.  In December the foundation for the permanent shelter is being poured.

In the meantime the employment program and jewelry training has begun.  15 girls are being trained as artisan goldsmiths.  An expert designer from the United States, Nancy Edwards spent a month in April getting the girls trained in the basics of metal design.  Soma S and Soma H, women who have been trained and excelled in the Calcutta Jewelry Program, regularly travel to the Jalpaiguri Jewelry Center to help the girls refine their methods and to teach new skills.  A center supervisor was also hired. 

March 2012

Current shelter space being leased by Women’s Interlink Foundation expired

Lease on a temporary space found

$5,000 in renovations to space to make it livable

Kitchen and bathroom updated, running water added, locks and security installed

30 girls move into temporary shelter space

15 girls selected to begin training in jewelry program


April 2012

Nancy Edwards, artisan jeweler and trainer, spends the month training the girls in metal skills and techniques.


May 2012

Aparna Roy hired as supervisor for the jewelry center.


June 2012

Soma Seal, a peer trainer from the Calcutta Jewelry Center, comes to check on the girls’ progress and skill levels.  She is able to help them refine their techniques.


August 2012

Peer Trainers Soma S and Soma H, revisit the Jalpaiguri Jewelry Center to teach new skills and help girls in the program improve their techniques. 


October 2012

Soma H. travels to Jalpaiguri for additional peer to peer training modules. Soma spent her teen years in a shelter home, and was one of the first members of our first jewelry center in Calcutta.  This was Soma H’s first trip traveling alone by train. Below Soma talks about the experience.

"In my first class, the girls were very excited to see me.  They had forgotten some of the lessons that had been taught by Nancy so I thought of brushing them up with previous lessons. It was good to see that they were showing interest and concentrated during class hours. There were two new girls in the team so I had to teach them everything from the very beginning. I realised that while teaching them I was actually taking my test as to how much I have retained the theory of Jewelry Making. I used to write notes every day after the class and plan for the next class. The girls and I developed a good rapport. I kept on telling them the story of my life, how I grew up at the shelter home, got married, had a baby and then I joined the program which changed my life completely. I think my story might have helped them to believe that life can surprise you anytime, you shouldn't give up, and you must stay hopeful. 

AT the end of my training period, I took an assessment of the girls and sat with each one of them to correct their mistakes. They kept on asking me when would I visit them next and I guess that answers whether my trip was successful or not. This experience will always be very special in my life not only because I traveled all by myself, but because I was given the responsibility of training new girls. I am thankful to MBS to have the confidence in me to send me as a trainer. I hope that I have been able to live up to everyone's expectations".

December 2012

Foundation will be poured for permanent shelter and jewelry center.


Sep 11, 2012

Fall 2012 Report on MBS Jalpaiguri Project

Thanks to your donations and the support from several charitable foundations, the MBS Jewelry Center is runnig in the Darjeeling area in India.  We continue to partner with Women's Interlink Foundation in this endeavour. Girls are being trained in artisan goldsmithing in Jalpaiguri.  An expert designer came in for a time to do some initial training.  Now the girls are being trained and supervised by Soma. 

Soma began jewelry making at the Made By Survivors Calcutta Jewelry Center.  She quickly picked up the skills and even began creating designs of her own.  Not only does Soma excel in jewelry making and design but she has also learned the business skills for managing a jewelry business. Soma even has started her own jewelry business.  We are so proud of her.

Soma can relate with the survivors in the MBS programs.  She comes from a disheartening situation, while not trafficked, she was abused and mistreated.  Her abilities in jewelry are matched by her empathy and compassion. Soma is a wonderful trainer, mentor, and role model for the girls at the Jalpaiguri jewelry center.  They see Soma as someone they can become - to rise out of their past into a bright future.  

Thanks for being a part of creating bright futures for the girls in Jalpaiguri. Please visit our website to purchase some of the beautiful pieces of handmade silver jewelry they have created.

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