IN NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2022, OUR FUNDRAISER was to provide empowerment through employment with The Aruna Project, which creates lifelong freedom marked by holistic care for survivors of human trafficking in the USA and India. Thanks to our amazing Seeds community of everyday philanthropists, we reached our goal of $5,000, which will fund 2 months of employment, care, and community for US survivors. | November & December, 2022 – India & USA
WHY this MATTERS …
Aruna’s mission is squarely focused on ensuring lifelong freedom through sustainable employment for sexually enslaved women. They are committed to providing quality products that are handmade in an environment marked by holistic care. By combining the best of non-profit and for-profit, they envision a day when every young woman is free to choose her own adventure. DONATE – even AFTER our fundraiser is “over”
Learn more in the below video of my conversation with Ryan Berg, founder of Aruna, and in his answers to these 3 questions:
1 – Where can I learn more about what is happening around human trafficking in the USA?
The most comprehensive high level report for the US can be found at the State Department’s human trafficking page. But specifically in their linked reports “Trafficking in Persons Report” & “Annual Report to Congress on U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons”
2 – What do the women survivors do as part of their employment / work with Aruna?
100% of Aruna products are made in freedom by Artisans, who are involved in all aspects of the manufacturing process, from help in new product design development, to sampling, material inventory, cutting, sewing, quality control, packaging, shipping, and customer service.
2 – What makes you most excited about what’s going on in the Aruna family/organization today?
Artisans are driving the vision. One Artisan said, “Many people have a job, but my job helps to create freedom for others… so this is my company. It’s mine [to help others]. That’s how I view it.”
LEARN MORE about how Aruna is being a catalyst for freedom with their empowerment through employment model on their website.
WATCH this video for a 90-second story-glimpse of what they’re up to.
WATCH my conversation with the always-inspiring husband-wife duo, co-founders of Aruna, about why this endeavor matters so very much to them.
JOIN US as an EVERYDAY PHILANTHROPIST …
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.
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