We at Blyss Brand feel it’s time to go beyond “social responsibility” and pro-actively promote change. “Focus: Freedom” is our pro-active commitment to promoting freedom from human trafficking. We do this by donating a portion of our proceeds to an featured nonprofit, an agency that uses our contribution to prevent or otherwise address human trafficking.

 

 Stop Human Trafficking

 

So here’s the nitty gritty. Whatever you learned in school about the end of slavery was simply wrong. Slavery is no longer legal in any country, but it exists in every country. According to the United Nations, there are 2.5 million people being trafficked at any given time.

These survivors range from young children to the elderly coerced into sexual exploitation and forced labor. It happens in the poorest and the wealthiest of neighborhoods, in border towns and in Middle America.

In more impoverished areas, however, slavery flourishes aided by police and government corruption, illiteracy, poor health and simple lack of opportunity. So Blyss Brand is set up to support organizations that address all of these issues with the ultimate goal of reducing the number of people living a life of slavery and assisting the survivors.

If you want to learn more about trafficking, our commitment to stopping it, and how slavery survivors have provided the impetus for Blyss, click here.


“I will never attend an anti-war rally; if you have a peace rally, invite me.” -Mother Theresa

You are invited.

Featured Nonprofit: Made by Survivors

Many years ago I began volunteering with MBS because I loved their mission, which is to provide job training and fair wages to women who have been trafficked or who are at risk of being trafficked.

When I traveled to India with MBS, I met many young girls who were sold by their families, tricked or coerced into prostitution. Some do not make it out, but others do- only to learn that their families will not accept them back and they have to support themselves with no skills and very little perceived value to society. Often, they find themselves re-trafficked, or even re-enter prostitution “willingly” because they have no other option.

I’ll give you some outstanding stats that MBS has achieved, but this is not about stats. It’s about a human experience. When I was there, I slept in a workshop where these amazing young women came to sew, and they woke me up in the morning by jumping on me and sticking their fingers in my ears. They were happy. I visited one after-school program in a prominent red light district where I thoroughly amused the kids with my ill-fated attempts at Bengali. I returned a couple years later, and visited a jewelry making program at one of the homes for survivors, and saw the girls’ excitement when they came up with a new design, marveling that someone with absolutely no connection to them would show support by buying their creations.

MBS provides a very different future from these girls’ pasts. Take a look at these awesome achievements:

-350 survivors trained as artisans
-250 children sent to school
-70 artisans trained as goldsmiths, proving that women are capable of entering this male-dominated field
-$165,000 invested in new shelters
-$65,000 invested in rescue programs
-$22,000 invested in after-school programs for rescued children

Believe me, the stories of abolition are not always rosy and I have some thorny tales too. But MBS is about empowerment, and we support that message. To learn more about this highly effective agency, check out www.madebysurvivors.com.


Interested in becoming our Featured Nonprofit? Tell us how you create blyss in the lives of others! Due to the quantity of responses, we are unable to answer each inquiry but will contact you if we need more info or if your application is approved
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