Last week I went out for an evening to attend a book opening on human trafficking.
It fired my soul.
We’ve had this project on the docket for a while – a project to help women escaping from human trafficking. And yes, human trafficking is awful and we all know that. But I had no idea it was such a crisis. I had no idea that over half of trafficked people are children. I had no idea that 13 and 14 year old girls – now, occasionally, those with special needs – are being coerced by people they trust to be sex slaves.
I had no idea there were over 20 million slaves worldwide.
Yes. Slaves. I’ve heard this word before and balked at it’s inflammatory nature. But, after reading this book about the issue (and you should read it too – it is something we should all know), I have realized that that is the only word to use for it. And that I could have been one of them too, so easily.
You see, I dated guys that were slightly on the edge when I was younger. I dated some of the “bad boys,” some of the dangerous rebel-without-a-case types. I dated older men (just a few years older…but the difference between 16 and 19 is huge). And many of the girls that are being trafficked in the United States are just like I was. They date a slightly dangerous boy. He slowly suggests they do more and more – professing that he “loves them.” They think that he is their soul mate, until one day he beats them and tells them that they have no one else and they must start doing exactly what he says – which often involves forced prostitution.
I look at my 9-year-old daughter and pray every day that she isn’t as rebellious as I was.
So. While praying is essential (yep, that’s been a life lesson), God put us here to also do work. And this is work we all need to do. For the sake of our daughters, our nieces, and for the 20 million people that are enslaved around the world. It’s our job. And we’re giving you a way to do it.This project is to create lip balm for survivors that are rehabilitating at the Samaritan Women. Many of these girls come to this home with broken spirits and broken bodies – restoring them to health is step one. Giving this amazing nonprofit needed supplies helps them reduce their costs and spend money on other programs. It’s an amazing synergy. Keep reading to find the project and more information on The Samaritan Women.
Thanks to Wellness Mama for the Inspiration on this project! Note: Some of these links might include affiliate links.
- Coconut Oil
- Shea Butter
- Beeswax Pellets
- Lip Balm Tubes
- Syringe (for filling the tubes)
- Essential Oils – Your Choice of Scent, we used lavender
- At-Home Materials: Bowl, Pot, Spatula
Mix all of the ingredients in a glass bowl (or double boiler) with the following proportions:
- 2 Tbl Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbl Shea Butter
- 2 Tbl Beeswax Pellets
- 15-20 Drops Essential Oil
Put 1 cup of water in your pot and place the bowl over (or use a double boiler). Melt the ingredients over medium heat until they form a smooth liquid.
Suck up the liquid into a syringe and squirt it into one of your tubes. You’ll need to move somewhat quickly at this point to fill all of your tubes before the mixture starts to harden. If it starts to re-harden, just place it back over the double boiler and reheat (you can do this as often as you need to).
Stand your tubes up and let them sit to harden for a few hours before capping.
Mail this off! Include a Giving Card (and ingredient list) so the women on the other end know there’s a real community out there pulling for them. Print off this page, cut out the label below, and send it off. You can even Schedule a Free Package Pickup Here. Send it off to:
The Samaritan Women
602 S Chapel Gate Lane
Baltimore, Maryland 21229
Let’s get some more facts on Human Trafficking – and why it’s so important for you to help.
Did you know that there are over 17,500 people trafficked within the United States? Neither did we. We also discovered that 80% of those trafficked are forced into sexual exploitation – and that 50% of the trafficked people are children. Every year the world spends $124 MILLION dollars on human trafficking issues – which, frankly, is clearly not enough given that so many people are still trafficked. This cause NEEDS our help – and giving much-needed items is a great way to reduce costs for charities working to save these girls.
The Samaritan Women is an Aina-Approved (i.e. amazing) nonprofit that provides restorative care to survivors of domestic human trafficking (domestic as in within the United States). They also work to bring about the end of trafficking through awareness, education, and advocacy. Their unique in-home housing treatment focuses on long-term restoration of survivors – meaning they don’t just come and go back into their old lives, but move on to a better life. Go to The Samaritan Women’s website to get more information about what they do and how you can help!
This issue has taken over our hearts – you’ll find us posting more about this on Social Media and taking an advocacy stand – we hope that our projects inspire you, too, and that you find a project that you love and speaks to your soul. Remember to share your creations with us on Instagram by tagging us @ainagiving and using #DIYCharity!
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