IN JANUARY-FEBRUARY, 2024, $5,022 was donated in partnership with Aruna Project, which provides empowerment through employment and creates lifelong freedom marked by holistic care for survivors of human trafficking. We are overJOYed and HONORED to help Aruna fund the development of an online platform based on their existing holistic care processes to enable their locations to better serve young women and to share best practices across anti-trafficking networks that seek to provide employment to survivors.

Our products are crafted in freedom by skilled artisans who are finding their voice, experiencing independence and growing with a sisterhood of others who have overcome. -Aruna Project

 

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WORDS from our soul brother, Ryan Berg, co-founder of The Aruna Project:

What inspires you? (In the world, in life?) “Seeing joy and love in people.”

What is 1 thing you’d like to TEACH/INFORM participants during this campaign? “Creating lifelong freedom for survivors is possible, but it is not easy or cheap.”

What is 1 act – big or small – you’d like to encourage folks to do, in addition to giving $?Freedom Gift Challenge – purchase an Aruna product, then gift it to a friend with a note of encouragement (how they embody freedom or empowerment, etc) and then challenge them to purchase a product and gift it to a friend with a similar note … and keep the freedom gift challenge going. People will get great products, get an encouraging note, and the revenue will help to continue to create lifelong freedom for survivors of human trafficking.”

Where is your organization based? “Cincinnati, Ohio and Mumbai, India.”

 

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As part of our call to all to be an everyday philanthropist, each month I spotlight a project or program in the world. Our partner’s focus is in at least one of these five categories: human rights, education, health, community emergencies, and art-activism. I am blessed with a huge pool of changemakers in my community – so there is never a lack of trusted organizations with whom to partner.

This sort of “everyday philanthropy” is about an unrestrained generosity rooted in the reality of your everyday life. Generosity feels good. It is part of your purpose on the planet. It finds ways to share with others the treasure trove of whatever you have and whatever you love. It makes a difference with your small and large acts alike … living with a commitment and connection to your sisters and brothers near and far. Explore and discover your unique – right here and now – calling to be an everyday philanthropist today.

I get it: These stories and the very invitation to give and to BE philanthropists isn’t always comfortable. Or easy. Sometimes it’s the world’s pain pricking our hearts that wakes us up to see – and say yes! – to our destiny.

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Over the past 10 years, we’ve partnered with people in more than a dozen countries around the world and raised over $200,000. We raise funds to support communities in need and people who are making a powerful difference. Our partner’s focus in each fundraiser is in at least one of these five categories: human rights, education, health, community emergencies, and art-activism.

So, today and together, let’s dispute the suggestion that philanthropy is an exclusive club only for those deemed wealthy. Today and together, let’s dispute that the only thing that matters and makes a difference is giving in “big” ways. The movement that will be unleashed when we live as generously unrestrained philanthropists WILL light up the world.

You are loved.
We belong to each other.
Let’s standTALL together and light up the world!

xo, -Sarah Davison-Tracy, Seeds of Exchange