OUR CURRENT FUNDRAISER is in partnership with Her Future Coalition as they renovate a building in the Bowbazar red light area of Kolkata, India, which will make a more comfortable space for the 250 women and children they serve by providing a safe space for kids (while the moms are with clients), education, vocational training, life skills, and intensive trauma counseling. | March-April, 2024

This safe space not only enables children who have been born into a brothel community to grow up free from exploitation and abuse, and get an education to build a bright future, but it also provides an opportunity for the mothers to break free from the chains of trafficking, recover from trauma, and become free and independent. -Her Future Coalition

 

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WORDS from our soul sister, Sarah Symons, founder of Her Future Coalition:

Would you give us a glimpse of what you do through your organization? “Since 2005, we have been creating powerful and positive change in the lives of women and girls. Her Future Coalition (HFC) is an organization that breaks the cycle of poverty and exploitation by providing a full range of services that support education to survivors and the most vulnerable girls in India and Nepal.”

Where is your organization based? “I live in Florida and our organization operates in India, Nepal … and starting in 2024, Kenya.”

WHY is this important now? “We are buying and renovating a building for our Resource Centers in the Bowbazar red light area of Kolkata, India. These Centers are currently in rented rooms. The space is small and overcrowded but we serve 250 women and children, providing safe space for kids (while the moms are with clients), education, vocational training, life skills and intensive trauma counseling.”

Why do YOU do this work? (What’s YOUR WHY?) What really moves you to do what you do? “When I found out that human trafficking and other forms of exploitation and violence were destroying the lives of so many of the world’s most vulnerable girls, I felt compelled to get involved. I was inspired by the fact that many of the people working on the issue were not international development experts. They were teachers, social workers, community members, survivors – who saw the problem happening and decided to take action. If they could find a way to help, then I could too. Working alongside exemplary and generous local grassroots partners gave me a way in, and I continue to be passionate about collaboration as the solution.”

What are 3 words that give you hope when days are tough? “Love is Stronger.”

What inspires you? (In the world, in life?) “The courageous women and girls that we serve!”

What is 1 thing you’d like to TEACH/INFORM participants during this campaign? “I’d like to help people understand the context and reality of trafficking and sexual violence, as an antidote to the sensationalized version presented in the media.”

What is 1 act – big or small – you’d like to encourage folks to do, in addition to giving money? “Join the conversation! Connect with us! Share this story and campaign with friends, online, at events, and with everyone you meet!”

Do you have a favorite quote or poem you’d like to share with folks? “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” -Mother Theresa

Are there any books you’d like to share? These are things that will FUEL people to learn more, engage more, and feel more a part of things. “My books: This is No Ordinary Joy and Standing in the Way … and The Power of Dignity (available soon on Amazon).”

 

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