January has an important day to remember, January 11th! It has been designated as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. As a non-profit that “empowers women around the world through education and economic opportunities,” we are glad to be joining so many other hard-working organizations in honoring the awareness this month!
When we hear the words human trafficking, different purposes might come to mind. The reasons for human trafficking could be many such as sex trafficking and prostitution, forced labor, bonded labor, debt bondage and involuntary servitude among migrant laborers, involuntary domestic servitude, forced child labor, and even child soldiers (United States Department of State, 2018). Due to the hidden nature of trafficking, it makes it difficult to know exactly how many victims there are in the world, but it is estimated that there are 40.3 million victims worldwide (ILO, 2017).
Did you know……
The most common purpose of trafficking is for sex
30% of the countries that gave information for a global assessment regarding gender of the trafficker…. Women made up the largest number traffickers in the reporting country.
Most victims are female
Every country is impacted
(United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2018)
The Angaza Project continues to work along side of other great organizations to do something about all of this one way or another, each of us are a piece to the puzzle! We are working in Kenya offering Girls and Women’s Empowerment workshops (the girls receive monthly pad supply), a Shining Scholars Sponsorship program to ensure girls complete their high school education, and skills classes for girls and women to help them learn new skills that will allow them to earn an income with dignity (sewing, beading, etc.). We also work in Mexico by partnering with The Refugio which is a safe place for women who escaped gender-based violence, sex or drug trafficking. At The Refugio, the women access women’s empowerment workshops and Bible studies, as well as skill based classes to be able to make an income with dignity once reintegrated into a different community.
Get involved! Join us in honoring the awareness of human trafficking throughout January! Together we can make a difference for women around the world!
Ways you can get involved:
Help us close the door on trafficking opportunities or early/pressured marriage for young girls in Kenya by keeping her in school! High School is not free for most and costs leave her outside of the classroom. Become a Shining Scholar Sponsor today! You can write her letters, receive photos and her termly grade reports. Learn more
Give a gift that will provide empowerment workshop materials and teachers in Kenya or Mexico as well as supplies to keep the skills classes going. Your tax-deductible gift could provide additional sewing machines and sewing supplies to serve more women, master crafter teachers to facilitate the courses, and beading materials so they can learn how to make jewelry and designs… all leading to an income with dignity.
Like/Follow us on Facebook
Select us as your charity on AmazonSmile (you shop and they donate .5% to us)
Donate fabric cutting scissors, thread, pins and pin cushions, fabric marking chalks, measuring tapes, and working sewing machines (please note that sewing machines received will go to our work in Mexico due to the plugs and electrical currency being the same as in the USA, machines in Kenya must be purchased on the ground).
We also have a special event taking place throughout the month of January at Idlewild Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina…..hosted by one of our Board Directors, Kylee Henneman. We are collecting hygiene items for the women we serve! Pads, travel sized shampoo/conditioner/bar soap, washcloths, and women’s underwear (sizes S to L). There is a bin in the church foyer with our name on it!
(Photo: Alicia on the left, Kylee on the right)
International Labour Organization ILO. (2017). Forced labour, modern slavery, and human trafficking. Retrieved from http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/forced-labour/lang--en/index.htm
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). (2018). Retrieved from http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/global-report-on-trafficking-in-persons.html
United States Department of State. (2018). Major forms of trafficking. Retrieved from https://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2008/105377.htm