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!
Jun 11, 2012
2012 Summer Report For Free Forever in Jalpaiguri
By Robin Rossmanith - Development Director
Programs started in Jalpaiguri on April 18th!
We are currently using borrowed space to provide services for survivors and at risk groups in Jalpaiguri. Girls are safe from those who harmed them and are given the space and time to heal. We seeking a place to purchase or construct a permanent shelter and employment center with Women's Interlink Foundation.
The employment center will provide the livelihood skills and job opportunities that will allow survivors to become financially independent. The wages they earn making jewelry, textiles, and leather pieces give survivors spending or saving money. The goal is for survivors to have the opportunity to live independently when she has been healed and restored from the trauma of human trafficking.
Thank you for helping to make 100 Girls Free Forever in Jalpaiguri, India.
Made By Survivors is operates a jewelry centers in Kolkata & Mumbia, with a 3rd center opening in Jalpaiguri in 2012. Survivors are being trained in the art of goldsmithing. Each trainee and survivor artisan receives a fair wage for creating beautiful jewelry. Sustainable employment and fair wages are part of the restorative process that allows survivors to economically provide for themselves and protect themselves from further exploitation by eliminating the desperation of dire poverty.
Lack of jobs and the inability to have a sustainable income is the largest risk factor and cause of modern day slavery. In order to fight against the underlying causes of slavery Made By Survivors - a project of TEN Charities - partners with shelters and rescue organizations worldwide providing education, job training, and job opportunities for survivors and their children. Since its inception TEN Charities has grown to serve over 1,000 survivors and their children in 12 programs throughout India, Cambodia, Nepal, Thailand, Uganda, and the US.
For rescued survivors of sexual slavery, and for young women who have grown up in red light areas, Made By Survivors employment centers offer the means to support themselves independently and to rejoin mainstream society. Made By Survivors employment centers provide rescued survivors with fairly paid employment, counseling, health care, job and life skills, assistance in finding housing, and non-formal education in computers, English and business. These services greatly reduce the risk that they or their children will be exploited.
Thank you for considering supporting the Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers. Your donation helps create a new life for the survivor artisans.