02 December 2009

a public service announcement

I'm taking a break from photos to tell you about something really important. This has been on my mind and heart for several months now, and I want to share it with you, and show you how you can help! :)

Every year, many hundreds or thousands of Nepalese girls are kidnapped or tricked into traveling to India. Some are "married" with the promise of a better life. When they arrive in India they are sold into sex shops where their lives are beyond miserable. If they don't die in the brothels, they are thrown onto the streets. The girls who do make it home are rejected by their families and communities. They have little hope for life beyond the brothels.

100% of my photography proceeds until the end of the year will be given to the Princess Home, a Christian rehabilitation center for young women rescued from the extensive sex-trafficking network of Nepal and India. These women receive care and job training...they are given hope for a new and better life. The organization also works to stop sex slavery, focusing on freeing women before they even cross the border into India. Read all about the Princess Home and their parent organization, Tiny Hands International, here: http://bit.ly/1Ok6lT Looking through the photos and stories of these girls, and the hope that the Princess Home gives to them, it is hard not to be affected.

During this holiday season, please consider purchasing artwork to benefit a much larger cause. The stakes are high, and
it does not take much money to completely change another person's life. Tiny Hands estimates that it only takes $10 to stop one woman from being enslaved.

If you're thinking about buying art for someone this Christmas, consider buying from my Etsy shop! Thanks for reading!


Ellen said...

I am sorry I didn't see this during the Christmas season. It's a wonderful cause and something I believe in. But it is never too late. I will make a contribution . . . and BTW your photography is wonderful!

Nikki 'Trexel' Moore said...

Hey Ellen, thanks for stopping by. I would be THRILLED if you made a donation to Tiny Hands/Princess Home! They are making such a difference, and the money is so well used. That makes me really happy! :)