January is Human Trafficking awareness month.
When I see images of children & others facing the horrible reality of sex-slavery… It breaks my heart. To be honest- It makes me feel uncomfortable even looking at real images like these. But things will not change unless we are able to face the realities that are happening in the world all around us. I cannot imagine if this was happening to me or someone I loved… But the truth is that it is happening all around us. More than 21 million people are affected by trafficking each year, with the studies from the International Labour Organization report showing that “three out of every 1,000 people are trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived.”
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
I am so glad there are companies that exist- Like Bracha, that stand up for freedom & take action to actually HELP people! Jewelry may seem like a small thing… It may seem insignificant to buy something like a necklace (to help this cause) it may even seem like an ineffective way to help change this issue. But imagine if you actually started thinking about where your money goes- Does it help someone? Is it possible for you to be able to even do something as small as get a necklace & make a change? The answer is YES! Change starts small, it may seem insignificant. Yet I have found that those who disregard the small opportunities- Never get to be apart of the BIG CHANGE!
I have decided to support people, organizations, & businesses that actually care about doing good- Those who actually help others who cannot help themselves. Human trafficking earns profits of roughly $150 billion a year for traffickers… We can compare that to most major tech companies, the fashion industry & other leading brands we invest in- & be thoroughly impressed or surprised by those numbers!
BILLIONS of dollars & MILLIONS of people are in this equation… & we simply must ask ourselves- What can I do today to start change? Maybe you cannot go rescue someone yourself- But you can buy a necklace for yourself & a friend… That means- You can do something!
Bracha’s jewelry is among some of the favorite things I own. The quality & thought/prayer that goes into each piece makes me want to wear them all the time. I previously wrote an entire blog about BRACHA– You can click — HERE — to learn more about this amazing company. Jewelry may seem like a small thing to do or an even insignificant one for most people. But I have decided to support people, organizations, & businesses that actually care about people- Those who actually help others who cannot help themselves. I love the freedom necklace so much because ALL proceeds from the “FREEDOM Key” necklace will go directly to Global Renewal- For the entire month of January!
Global Renewal is an organization that seeks to help people who cannot help themselves. They rescue people, they help to set people free, & they have 3 ways to effect change:
- Inform: Turn on the light, so people can see the path to their destination.
- Influence: Through love and relevance, make a lasting impact.
- Empower: Pour into the community, so that they can pour into other communities.
They currently have 2 safe houses; one in Cambodia & the other in Indonesia. They are a local nonprofit that is doing their part to change the world. To find more info or get involved go to their website here.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me. He has anointed me to tell the good news to poor people. He has sent me to announce freedom for prisoners. He has sent me so that the blind will see again. He wants me to free those who are beaten down.”
Me & some of my friends teamed up to support this great cause through BRACHA- & You can go to Bracha’s website to get a FREEDOM necklace & be apart of something greater than yourself today!
‘’Every Design Has Freedom In mind.”
Thanks to Bracha for being such an incredible organization & for having the heart you do to help people find freedom!
& a special thank you to: Natalie, Carly, Meagan, Annie, & Whitney for supporting FREEDOM!
If you are reading this & need help…
1 (888) 373-7888
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week