The bottom line? Slavery still exists and we refuse to do nothing about it. In India, the average age of a girl entering the sex trade is eleven. Many who enter are trafficked… in other words kidnapped, lured with promises of jobs in the city or sold by their own friends or family into sexual slavery. It is estimated that there are more than 3 million women and girls enslaved in India’s sex trade.
CREATING PATHWAYS TO FREEDOM FOR WOMEN ESCAPING SEX SLAVERY
International Princess™ Project’s mission is to create pathways to freedom for women escaping the ravages of sex slavery to achieve lives of hope and dignity.
We do this by partnering with indigenous organizations to establish micro-enterprise sewing centers that offer these women and girls a fresh start and place to heal. When a woman becomes part of an IPP sewing center, she learns a new trade [sewing] and practices refining her craftsmanship by producing quality sleep & loungewear called PUNJAMMIES™. The finished product is then exported to the US and sold online to countries all over the world with proceeds coming back to benefit each of the sewing centers. Each pair of PUNJAMMIES™ is named after a woman in one of our sewing centers so when you wear PUNJAMMIES™, you are wearing a message of HOPE for others like the women who lovingly stitched your loungewear.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Finding freedom from the red light districts and brothels is just the first step of restoration. Each woman not only receives a wage higher than fair trade along with housing options, medical care and, where applicable, education for her children.
They are also part of a loving, restorative community of other women who were formerly trafficked.
TO ACHIEVE LIVES OF HOPE AND DIGNITY.
100% of the proceeds are re-invested back into the company to help it grow. And that kind of growth doesn’t mean bigger profit margins, butMORE WOMEN AND GIRLS who get a chance at a new life.
So again, back to the bottom line: We believe ending human trafficking IS possible and will work as hard as we can to do our part. If you’re reading this, it means you probably care about the injustice of sex slavery too, so shop for freedom, by purchasingPUNJAMMIES™ or donate your finances and/or talents to join the many people taking a stand against modern-day slavery.
Clarinets for Conservation promotes awareness of conserving Mpingo–commonly referred to as African Blackwood or Grenadilla–by actively
engaging students and the community with the power of music.
Teaching secondary students in Tanzania to play the clarinet empowers them by improving problem-solving skills, facilitating self-sufficiency, and byproviding a healthy creative outlet.
Students and C4C teachers take part in innovative interdisciplinary performances/tree plantings throughout Tanzania to help connect the clarinet and the tree it is made of, Mpingo, with the community–therefore fostering a sincere desire for a sustainable future.
C4C Teaching artists work daily with students of Korongoni Secondary School, teaching music and performance skills. In addition, C4C partners with conservationists Sebastian Chuwa of The African Blackwood Conservation Project and Samweli Mochuwa of Kiviwama Indigenous Trees.
C4C and partner conservationists work together in the community, performing tree planting programs at schools and orphanages and collaborative community events to raise awareness about Tanzania’s valuable natural resources.
In 2013, C4C teaching artists and conservationists created a new partnership with the Police Academy in Moshi, Tanzania. The Police Academy is responsible for training future police, military, and community leaders who will work throughout Tanzania. C4C has made a partner – promise to send educators to the Police Academy to help further their mission to promote peace and unity in the country. In return, the Police Academy has promised to protect the hundreds of African Blackwood trees which have been planted on the Police Academy Grounds, and to teach their troops about the value of those trees. Five students of the 2014 Clarinets for Conservation class at Korongoni Secondary School will be chosen to work full-time with the Police Academy Band!
Clarinets for Conservation events range from informative lecture-recitals for collegiate communities to musical story- telling programs for elementary schools and concert recitals at churches and arts centers. The programs feature works by great American composers, including Theresa Martin and Eric Mandat, to classical works by Mozart and Brahms, newly commissioned works, and engaging arrangements of popular tunes. The goal in every event is to showcase great works, both classical and contemporary, while raising awareness about issues of sustainability and world community.
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To improve the quality of life and health outcomes for individuals with congenital heart defects: by raising awareness, providing peer support and mentoring, advocacy, and advancing research.
The objectives of the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance (CCHA) include the following: