Note from designer Jen Hansen
I'm so excited to share that we've made a $10,000 contribution to Her Future Coalition in support of their program to educate at-risk middle school aged girls Kolkata, India. Click here for more details on their organization and this program. We've also given $3,000 to International Justice Mission to support their ongoing trafficking rehabilitation projects around the world. I look forward to updating you on upcoming brand giving initiatives on this page in future!
Our current focus is the education of middle school aged girls in Kolkata, India through Her Future Coalition.
In 2019, we contributed $10,000 in sales profits to fund a full year of high quality education for 30 middle school aged girls. This funding covers school fees, uniforms, books, a portion of the rent, daily meal, teacher salaries, counseling, after-school programs in arts and sports, school supplies and materials.
The Middle School is a joint project of Her Future Coalition and Ektara, which will allow girls to continue their education and break the cycle of poverty and oppression. They intend to add one class of 75-85 students per year, beginning with the 5th grade, and ultimately offering high quality education to 250 extremely poor and high risk girls. The school currently goes up to 5th grade.
Once girls complete fifth grade, their future is precarious, because parents in this impoverished community are unlikely to invest what little resources they have in the education of daughters. Prior to the opening of the Ektara school, very few girls in the community even went to primary school. Many were pushed into child marriages, or involved in dangerous forms of child labor, such as ragpicking (going through garbage in search of saleable items).
HER FUTURE COALITION, IN THEIR WORDS
About the Project
About the Employment Training Program
100% of net sales profits of all items in our Jewelry to End Trafficking go directly to hand selected non-profit organizations, like Her Future Coalition and International Justice Mission, working to end trafficking, as featured in the product description.
2019: $10,000 to Her Future Coalition in support of their program to educate at-risk middle school aged girls Kolkata, India. (See details above)
$3,000 to International Justice Mission to support their ongoing trafficking rehabilitation projects around the world
2018: $15,000 to Her Future Coalition to fund a full year of programming at their Red Light Resource Centers, in Kolkata, India, which includes education, vocational training, and employment programs, as well as free child care and safe shelter to 250 women and children in two red light areas.
The Centers’ employment programs provide training in jewelry design and fabrication, giving women the skills and the necessary support to earn a livelihood outside of prostitution, to overcome extreme poverty and social stigma, and to support their children. Their jewelry program is a complete pathway to independence and dignity. These Centers train and employ survivors to become professionals and entrepreneurs, leaving poverty behind forever.
2017: $30,000 in sales profits set aside for a buildOn school project in Nicaragua, as investment in education is the best child trafficking prevention tool
2016: $6,850 Freedom Package contribution to International Justice Mission to celebrate the launch of our website. provides a sex trafficking rescue operation inclusive of aftercare packages and trauma counseling for survivors
OUR PURPOSE: BRAND GIVING INITIATIVES
Free 1 million people from human trafficking across the globe and prevent millions more from being enslaved.
Company and personal financial contributions to expert organizations in the field, hand selected by designer, founder, and CEO Jen Hansen, to manifest a three-pronged approach of:
Survivor care & support services
Prevention: protection of children through education and women through education, job training, and employment
The following groups work at the local level, domestically and internationally, freeing and providing services to survivors of human and sex trafficking, and supporting at-risk children through the building and administering of schools, providing a safe space off the streets for children to learn.