Empower 300 survivors with jobs & renewable energy

by The Emancipation Network, Inc.

Thank you for supporting past projects of T.E.N. Chairities/Made By Survivors.  The Empower 300 Survivors with Jobs & Renewable Energy has been completed.  The Biogas generator and barns have been  built and energy is being used in the kitchen for cooking.  Income is generated by the food, as well as from the milk from the cows whose waste fuels the biogas generator.  Again thank you for your support.

This Wed, March 14th Global Giving is having bonus days.  They will match up to 30% funds donated through the  Global  Giving site.  Would you please consider donating to one of our two new projects on Global Giving?

Make 100 Girls Free in Jalpaiguri or Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers

Both of these projects provide employment to survivors of sex slavery and at risk women and youth.  Below is an overview of why we do the jewelry centers:

Made By Survivors is operates a jewelry centers in Kolkata & Mumbia, with a 3rd center opening in Jalpaiguri in 2012.  We currently train and employ 60 survivors of sex slavery in goldsmith.  The survivors receive 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 your continued support of survivors of human trafficking.  Please take a look at these new projects and consider a donation on March 14th or anytime.  Thank you!

Make 100 Girls Free in Jalpaiguri or Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers

The TEN Charities "Empower 300 survivors with jobs and renewable energy project" on Global Giving has been completed!  Thank you so much of your contributions that have provided economic empowerment to survivors of human trafficking with a biogas plant at one of the aftercare shelters in India.    Please see our previous report with pictures of the capacitor and cattle.  The biogas is also being used as fuel in the shelter's kitchen. Your generous support made this eco friendly project viable.  Thank you!

TEN Charities/Made By Survivors is now focusing on employment centers in partnerships with The Rescue Foundation and Women's Interlink Foundation.  At these employment centers survivors will learn the art of goldsmithing.   Female survivors are learning goldsmithing techniques and creating beautiful jewelry. In India goldsmithing is a well-paying career that has traditionally been exclusively practiced by men. The girls in the Made By Survivors Jewelry Center are earning a good income and their social status is being elevated from that of slave to one of the most prestigious careers available in India.

Please visit our  projects at Global Giving http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/free-forever/  and http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/mbs-jewelry-centers/ that discuss more about our employment centers and consider supporting these projects with your donations.

You can also purchase the jewelry and other products made by survivors at our website www.madebysurvivors.com

Again thank for empowering 300 survivors of human trafficking in India and ensuring their freedom with jobs!


The biogas project is complete! 

Picture #1 is the capacitor.  The cattle barns are stocked.  See Picture #2.  The biogas is used to fuel the kitchen for cooking.  See picture #3.  The biogas provides an eco friendly source of energy and it reduces fuel and energy costs.

Plus the milk from the cattle is sold for an additional source of revenue.  By selling the milk, caring for the cattle, and harvesting the biogas 300 survivors of human trafficking and the shelter are well resourced with jobs and income. 

Thank you for supporting and empowering these survivors of human trafficking through the biogas project.


biogas facility under construction
biogas facility under construction

Recently a member of our team paid a visit to the Rescue Foundation shelter outside Mumbai, where the biogas project is going to take place. Thanks to donors from Global Giving, and donations from the Indian community, we have begun construction of the biogas facility. (photos to follow) We have also reduced the amount of the project cost on the Global Giving site because some of the money needed has been raised from other venues. The survivors are incredibly excited to be a part of this cutting edge project, which will help them and also help the environment and local community. "In India, a woman needs her own income so she can make her own decisions," explains program participant Monu. "Only then will the male members of your family respect you. Having a job and money keeps you from being sold or trafficked or forced to stay in a violent relationship". Shonali adds "I am not a victim. I am an activist working for a better world for myself, my sisters and someday my children and grandchildren" (quotes from a recent womens rights workshop for trafficking survivors).

survivor painting represents her hope for the future
survivor painting represents her hope for the future

15,000 in matching funds have been committed for this project by members of the Indian community in the US!


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The Emancipation Network, Inc.

Location: St Augustine, FL - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.madebysurvivors.com
The Emancipation Network, Inc.
Project Leader:
Sarah Symons
Co-founder and Executive Director
St Augustine, FL United States

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