What was your first thought when you heard about the issue of human trafficking?
I felt all of those. Then, I felt resolve. I felt a stirring. I felt the need to do something about it. As I share about this issue, more and more, I see people wanting to do something. They want to help the survivors of trafficking and want to help stop this issue from destroying our children and communities. They have so many questions.
How do I get involved?
What needs to be done?
What can I do right now?
Eye Heart World’s staff is working diligently to get the home’s programming in place and solid, ready to go for when we get into the home. We are working on developing the volunteer program to make it easy for people to get involved and make a difference for these survivors. Until this volunteer process is in place AND the home is open, we need to focus on getting things ready. So here are a few things you can do right now to help combat human trafficking.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org – This will get you a list of 15 ways to combat trafficking. Things that only require the amount of time that you are willing to give. This also gets you on the mailing list for future volunteer needs.
- Consider doing a Fill in the Blank project – This is any type of project or event that you can imagine to raise funds to support Eye Heart World and the Rose Home. Have a garage sale, a bake sale, do a penny drive at work, run a marathon and ask for support for each mile and for each of these donate the proceeds to support your favorite Eye Heart World program.
- Do a drive for response bag items. We have a list of needed items for response bags that are given to victims. Join with friends, families, coworkers to collect these items.
- Write cards of encouragement. We include cards in each response bag for survivors to read. These cards mean the world to the girls we meet with.
- Be an example of love, encouragement and strength to the young girls in your life. Encourage, support and show them they are worthy and filled with unique characteristics to do anything they want to in life. Teach them about safety and boundaries.
So don't allow the size of the need to overshadow what you are capable of doing. Because when we all do what we are able to do, together we are a powerful force for love, justice, and restoration.
*Submitted by Dawn Spang, Aftercare Director, MSNCC