shine a light

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–

end it movement

 isaiah 58.10

 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

and a few pieces to help someone in india directly,

let’s all shine a light!!

April 9, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - I know… it breaks my heart. When my man went to India he visited the red light district with his group and sat down and talked to some of these girls… heart breaking. He also saw the brickyards where children and women are forced to carry the most ridiculously heavy loads all day long. Love Noonday. Love what they stand for.

April 9, 2013 - 9:07 pm

Amy Avery - Oh Paige, this is so inconceivable but I know it is true. You are right. It has to be stopped. And you are right. We can be intentional in how we shop to help end it. It may be one purchase at a time, one item at a time, but it’s something. THANK YOU for shining this light in this dark area. It’s a brave courageous and very loving thing to do. I love that you take that risk to help others and appreciate it so much!

April 10, 2013 - 8:34 am

Flower Patch Farmgirl - Love their stuff. Love your heart for the hurting.

April 10, 2013 - 8:49 am

Courtney Walsh - Thank you for sharing this, Paige. It makes me want to do more. To find ways to help…Love this and love the jewelry!

April 11, 2013 - 3:39 pm

tara - When we went to India for the first time, our eyes were opened not just to the poverty but to the pain that children face. One of the girls, who we fell in LOVE with, went missing a few months after we visited with her and her family.

I was devastated when our missionary friend told us that she was missing. She feels SURE she is in the sex slave trade. I pray for her …begging God to rescue her. I wish you could see her smile….her eyes…Lord Jesus, rescue her!!!!

Praying for the Lord to open my eyes further….show me the difference that we can make.