My 27th Birthday Wish

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” - Mahatma Gandhi

In honor of my upcoming 27th birthday, I am thrilled to announce that in 2017 I am going to Jodhpur, India to volunteer with Sambhali Trust, a women’s empowerment NGO! My motivation is simple: as a teenager, I survived a sexual assault and I am extremely passionate about gender equality. I will be a full-time unpaid volunteer, responsible for funding my own travel, housing, and living expenses.  The funds raised will be used exclusively for the costs of being a volunteer. Now that you know my birthday wish, will you help make it come true with a small donation

Almost 100 women are raped daily in India, and nearly 79% of women are victims of marital rape. As a rape survivor, these statistics infuriate me. Women remain in these dangerous situations due to their lack of economic independence, rooted in a lack of education. Less than half of Indian women are literate and in low-income families, girls will be taken out of school at an early age to enable the boys in the family to continue their education.

Sambhali Trust has been making incremental, lasting change for women in India for the past 10 years. To date, they’ve impacted over 10,000 girls and women! The non-profit focuses on the advancement, development, and empowerment of females in Rajasthan. The charitable organization’s projects encompass a number of social initiatives including: empowerment centers, scholarship programs, sewing centers, education classes, self-help groups and SOS projects. They also run a fair trade boutique for the artisan women to sell their beautiful, handmade goods. These projects support a paradigm shift of helping women break a vicious cycle of poverty and financial dependence by teaching them valuable skills necessary for them to earn a living. My responsibilities will be split between the organization's business practices through sales, marketing, branding, communications and social media to hands on field work with the girls and women through the various projects mentioned above. 

To donate please click hereTogether, with your generosity, we can help marginalized women in India today, and around the world tomorrow.

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