i’m just a regular person. living in suburbia. driving a SUV and eating pizza on friday nights. in the midst of all that regularity, a couple years ago i found out that slavery still exists. turns out it didn’t end with Lincoln. over 27 million people, half of which are children are still enslaved. right now. on our watch.
now that i know. i can’t unknow.
while the easier, much easier thing to do is just turn away. like i do when i hear a sad animal story. just turn it off. it’s too sad to think about. or refuse to believe it’s real. but my friends it is.
while the fact that there are still people enslaved, some right here in atlanta, and the number, 27 million, are both incomprehensible and seem an impossible beast, we can do something. even if only for one. which is exactly why i came on board with Noonday Collection.
many of our pieces are made in india. right now in india it is estimated that there are 20 to 65 million bonded laborers. mere children working for debts- generations old, that will never be re-paid. Noonday Collection partners with many different jewelry-making groups in India whose goal is to build long term equitable trading relationships that ensure low-income artisans are truly being helped out of poverty and will not become a bonded laborer. artisans are paid a livable wage and have safe working conditions, access to healthcare and childcare, and on-going training and education.
sex trafficking also victimizes massive numbers of vulnerable people in South Asia: In 2009, the head of India’s Central Bureau of Investigation estimated that there are more than 1 million children in the commercial sexual exploitation industry in the country. (stats from international justice mission)
while i’m not breaking into brothels this week or helping put a man behind bars that’s selling children in the sex trade industry, i can raise awareness . i can be a voice for those without a voice. and i can be educated and intentional in my shopping. and so you can you my friend. we can do this together. we can end this thing called slavery.
if you’re interested , here are a few links for you–
if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday
something as simple as wearing a piece of jewelry is a way to shine a light. a way to make a stand. here are a few pieces i thought you may enjoy… you may click on each image for more information on each piece
let’s all shine a light!!