Help Victims of Sexual Abuse: Make an Awesome Upcylced Purse o’ Toiletries.

make an up cycled purse kit for women fleeing sexual assaultWhat’s bad? Going through legal battles after sexual assault. What’s worse? Living in a country where there are no legal battles because sexual assault isn’t illegal. And it’s not like there are three of these countries left in the world – they are ALL OVER. Our fab project this week is to make a purse o’ toiletries to help immigrant women escaping sexual violence and starting again in the U.S. Check out this video to see what you can be a part of, and check out the deets on the project below. How can you do that? We’ve got all of the deets below…

OrganizationTahirih Justice Center

The Low-Down:

Tahirih Justice Center is a national non-profit that helps immigrant women and girls that are fleeing sexual violence in their own country – many from countries where sexual violence is not even illegal. Tahirih has served nearly 19,000 courageous individuals fleeing violence since 1997. Their efficient, effective, and innovative model of service is now delivered from three locations, and they’re committed to serving as many immigrant women and girls as possible. Basically they offer the ladies free immigration, family and civil legal services; help get the ladies voices into national political advocacy to try to change within the system; and then they train and educate professionals to better deal with immigrant women and girls. So. Awesome.

The Deets:

  1. Find an old, super cute purse or tote that you’ll never use again (Let it go. Just let it go. I know you love it and it reminds you of 7th grade when your kind of boyfriend said it was cute. Let it go, sister. Give it to someone that will actually USE it).
  2. Option 2? Get a cute old t-shirt and MAKE the purse. No sewing machine required. Get all of the steps (think tying fringe) here! Thx MommyPotamus for the super easy step-by-step instructions!
  3. Fill it up with everything a lady would ever need. Check out this rad tutorial on how to put together a goody bag for people in need – scroll down and she gives you the deets on a lady-specific bag. Thx HoboMama, we love you!!
  4. Pop it all into a box and mail it off to the closest of three locations:

Tahirih Baltimore
201 N. Charles St., Suite 920
Baltimore, MD 21201
(p) 410-999-1900

Tahirih DC
6402 Arlington Blvd., Suite 300
Falls Church, VA 22042
(p) 571-282-6161

Tahirih Houston
1717 St. James Place, Suite 450
Houston, TX 77056
(p) 713-496-0100

Head over to our Giving Cards and include one in your package to make a personal connection on our Aina Connections Wall!

Mamas Aina

Carmen & Kristin

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