REASON FOR THE CHANGE:
Our goal has always been to end or prevent trafficking in the communities where we work. In the last 4 years, we have directly employed 120+ survivors or at risk artisans across Ghana, Thailand, and Cambodia, providing fair employment, holistic training, opportunities to further their education and career dreams, and most importantly introduced them to Christ and healthy community.
We now have the opportunity to truly empower our current partner community in Cambodia through their local market. Our artisans will transition from making jewelry for consumers in North America to sewing for the local market.
BENEFITS OF CHANGE:
By training our artisans in sewing skills, providing the tools required to compete in the local market, and by connecting them to local buyers, our artisans are enabled to create a co-operative that will bring an income, offer them local career opportunities, and secure the chance of a secondary education.
Freedom Stones will complete this project transition to the community in Cambodia, as of Jan 1, 2014. At that time, Freedom Stones operations in the US will merge with Not Abandoned (www.notabandoned.org), based in Kirkland, Washington. Not Abandoned is an anti-trafficking organization dedicated to empowering women in SE Asia and globally. Not Abandoned will begin managing Freedom Stones US operations as of Jan 1, 2014.
Freedom Stones’ brand, trademark broken chain clasp, and mission will remain intact and all jewelry made by our artisans will continue to be available for sale online at www.freedomstones.org. All proceeds and/or donations will continue to be used to help bring dignity to women in Pattaya, Thailand, who were previously trapped in slavery and prostitution.