In response to the free-for-all consumerism rampant on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you all know by now that we have “Giving Tuesday“. It’s a day to help consumers remember that by supporting local and international charities, your dollar gifts organizations with resources to continue to do what they do.
So grab a cuppa. Curl up on your couch or favourite chair. Wrap yourself in a blanket and prepare to do some web-based research!
Consider how precious your dollars are to organizations trying to fulfill their mandates so that everyone might know peace, know freedom, and know acceptance and love. Consider the purposes of these organizations, hear their reports on progress (or concerns), the populations they support, and the impact they have on us all. Consider how you and your family can make it a tradition to give to these organizations not just on Giving Tuesday, but the whole year through.
So here’s my Christmas Wish List (as it were) of organizations dedicated to ending human trafficking, raising awareness about HT, supporting victims, creating viable pathways towards freedom, and who all are worthy of your support. Each organizations was birthed out of needs within local and international communities, and uphold different values and perspectives. Click on their websites; find out why they’re doing what they’re doing; call and ask questions; engage the people who are at the heart of these nonprofits, and discover for yourself why supporting freedom, love and life is so critical in our society today.
**All captions have been quoted directly from each organization’s websites and/or blog pages.
- ACT-Alberta (Action Coalition on human Trafficking-Alberta):
Vision: An Alberta free from human trafficking
- Free Them:
VISION: Our vision is to see a world where freedom is not seen as a luxury by so many in our world, but experienced and granted to everyone. We want to see a world where freedom and gender equality is achieved, and the life of a human being isn’t seen as a commodity that can be given a price tag. We that slavery – human trafficking – to be truly abolished in our lifetime.
- Chrysalis Anti Human Trafficking Network:
The Chrysalis Network offers a free, confidential telephone counselling service to women, men, and youth who have been trafficked for the purposes of forced commercial sex or labour.
- Stop the Traffik-Canada:
We are equipping individuals, communities and organizations with campaigns and resources to tackle human trafficking.
- International Justice Mission-Canada:
Vision: Our vision: Rescue thousands, protect millions and prove that justice for the poor is possible.
- EVE – formerly Exploited Voices now Educating:
EVE (formerly Exploited Voices now Educating) is a volunteer, non-governmental, non-profit organization composed of former sex-industry women dedicated to naming prostitution violence against women and seeing its abolition through political action, advocacy, and awareness raising that focuses on ending the demand for paid sexual access to women and children’s bodies.
- Hope for the Sold:
Hope for the Sold is an abolitionist charity that fights exploitation one word at a time, through writing, speaking, and film.
- Exodus Cry:
Exodus Cry is built on a foundation of prayer and is committed to abolishing sex slavery through Christ-centered prevention, intervention, and holistic restoration of trafficking victims.
- Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary:
Vision: For all women who are at risk of, or who have experienced sexual exploitation; to know faith, hope and love, and be empowered to rebuild their lives. For society; to know of these women, to understand, to care.
- Native Women’s Association of Canada:
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) works to advance the well-being of Aboriginal women and girls, as well as their families and communities through activism, policy analysis and advocacy.
- Magdalene Society House Red Deer:
Magdalene House Society Red Deer is a charitable organization that provides a safe environment for the full recovery of persons exploited through human trafficking.
- Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution:
AWCEP is working to build awareness about the harms of prostitution to Asian women. We challenge the promotion and imposition of prostitution on Asian women at home in Canada and in our countries of origin throughout Asia. We hold a position that prostitution entrenches racism and multiplies the effect of sexism on all. Solutions to prevent prostitution must address systemic racism, sexism and social and economic disadvantage in order to be effective.
- REED — Resist Exploitation Embrace Dignity:
Since 2005 REED has been standing in solidarity and struggle with women who have been sexually exploited and trafficked into the sex industry. We consider it a privilege to share in mutual transformation with women who are surviving the effects of a sexualized and violent culture.
- CEASE Edmonton:
Our Vision: A community where there is hope, respect, and transformation for individuals, families, and communities affected by sexual exploitation, sex trafficking and social inequality.
- Just Soap by P.Wade Pallister:
I make natural soap to provide jobs for the Akha people of Northern Thailand who are often refused citizenship by their government & are easy targets for Human Traffickers.