Category Archives: You Did Something

Barbie Legs and Sex Trafficking Awareness

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Everyday People Changing the World: Anuradha Koirala

“Ms. Anuradha Koirala is the Founder and Executive Director of Maiti Nepal. Born in Nepal and former English teacher, Ms. Koirala started Maiti Nepal in a small house in Kathmandu with her own savings. Today she is a widely recognized activist and lecturer who has dedicated her life to combating the sexual exploitation of women and children.

Her accomplishments have been recognized through numerous awards. Her work is often dangerous and requires great personal sacrifice. The criminal elements that “deliver” young girls are a ruthless enemy and have political connections at the highest levels in India and Nepal. Maiti Nepal’s main office in Kathmandu has been destroyed twice and Maiti workers must travel with a bodyguard when overseeing rescue missions in India.

Her commitment has been an inspiration to her largely volunteer staff. Most of the workers are rescued girls and young women who are healthy enough to work. “They need little incentive from me,” states Ms Koirala. “They are working to help their sisters and they know the horror of the victims.” She adds, “Society rejects me and my girls, but they are the most important thing in my life.” This content is cited from Friends of Maiti Nepal.

To learn more about Anuradha Koirala, click here.

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Quoting from St. Basil and bringing the concept of child slavery home…check out this awesome post from one of our readers. Enjoy!

The Thoughts and Adventures of Sarah Harris

In the last post, I spoke a bit about the relevancy of the Church Fathers. As I was reading some more of Saint Basil today, I was struck by it’s relevancy once again. As we celebrate this Christmas season, let us remember that Christ came and died for all people – that includes the poor in our neighborhood, the refugees struggling to make new lives in our country, the poverty stricken in all the world including those forced to send their children into slavery and prostitution. Christ loved especially the sick and the needy. I find that I often love the idea of a beautiful home, nice clothes, romantic dates at nice restaurants, and enjoying the newest technologies much more than I love the sick and the needy. This same issue of selfishness over and against the poor and the needy was as relevant in AD 300 as it is…

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A Deeper Look at Extreme Poverty

In the summer of 2010, four university students decided to do something very unusual with their summer. While their friends and peers were probably off partying and spending their summer doing other superficial things, these four young men headed off to a rural village in Guatemala to learn more about extreme poverty. Seeking to do more than just passively gather information about extreme poverty, these young men spent their summer experiencing what it means to actually live in extreme poverty. They did this by living on just $1 a day for a total of 56 days. Yesterday, MTV posted an interview of these four young men detailing their experience and what they decided to do with it. You can read the interview here.

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A Red Round Problem

Written by Elisa and reblogged from The Average Advocate.

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Ever wondered whether the tomatoes in your salad, sandwich or soup were grown and picked by modern-day slaves? Um, no? Well neither had I. Apparently, though, this is something we should think about. We don’t like modern slavery (human trafficking). We consider it wrong. Then add to this that we actually get a lot of our tomatoes from Florida, produced by migrant workers who in some cases are pretty much just slaves. This equation doesn’t add up, does it? 

Not to sound weird, but essentially, but our tomatoes need to be where our heart is.  Thankfully, we can actually do this. We just have to stop getting tomatoes from slave owners.

So, um . . . how do we do that? Thankfully, there are people on top of this problem who actually know what they are doing! These guys, The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and The Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC)have been raising awareness about injustices in U.S. tomato fields. They have set up some standards in the agricultural industry.There have been over 1000 slaves in sunny Florida freed! And now they are also trying to get grocery store and restaurant CEOs to only sell us tomatoes that come from good sources.

As usual, this stuff only happens when more people do it. Hence, the CIW and the FFSC have been working with International Justice Mission (IJM) to pull off the summer campaign, Recipe for Change. Then The Giving Table jumped in, as smart as they are, calling for bloggers to tell everyone about slave-free tomatoes TODAY.

Ideas for Action

So, what exactly can we do about this? Continue reading

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