One of our favorite pastimes in the office is sharing stories of what is going on around the globe as we fight for freedom. As our survivors have become our friends, we wanted to share with you a bit of the people you are helping to redeem, restore, and rehabilitate on a daily basis.
Meet Sarah and Tasha.
These two young mothers who had to make the difficult decision of seeking employment outside of their country. They both left their children in the care of their families so that they could seek employment abroad in the United Kingdom.
Two different girls with two different stories had one thing in common: they were trafficked. Their traffickers had striped them of every identification of their previous life. With no money, passports, or legal documentation, these young mothers had no way of escaping their prison. Sarah and Tasha were sold as objects with no hope to see their children again.
In a miraculous turn of events, someone tipped off police about a suspected trafficking ring and the girls were rescued from their traffickers.
Sarah and Tasha arrived at the A21 Greece shelter ashamed and broken. They were extremely frightened at first, not knowing if they could trust us. But as the days went by they understood that we wanted to help and the walls of fear slowly became dismantled.
We are ecstatic to share with you that this month, two different girls with two different stories have one thing in common: after being in our care and obtaining our legal aid, BOTH women were able to go back home and were reunited with their children.
The women, both talented aestheticians, had dreams of finding work in their field to help support their families. Thanks to our donors and financial supporters, we were able to provide them with the not only FREEDOM but a chance at succeeding in the workforce. Each woman was encouraged to pursue her dreams and equipped with tools to do so.
We set them up for a win with supplies to take home and create a safe and successful career doing something that they are passionate about.
Upon opening the presents, their faces lit up and with childlike joy as they embraced our staff, each other, and the other shelter survivors. It was as if Christmas came early!
Sarah and Tasha inspire us to continue our pursuit to end trafficking. We could not be more thankful that you feel the same way too. Thank you for being the best sidekicks and team members as we--together--empower people to live in freedom.
With your support, we are partnering together to give trafficking survivors hope to live out their dreams and passions. And we are giving them the means to do so.
The A21 Team