Friends, meet one of our Sheroes! We first met Jasmine when her friend, Sarah, nominated her for our May 2015 Sheroes Love Flash Mob award. Taken into a life of prostitution when she was only a teenager, Jasmine struggled with abuse, drug addiction, and homelessness. When she decided to get out, her trafficker threatened to kill her if she tried to leave. After years of dangerous, failed attempts, Jasmine finally broke free. Now, she helps prevent others from going down the same path she did. Jasmine found her calling as a speaker and educator in the anti-trafficking movement. “It’s about changing the culture of how these young girls and women are viewed,” she said. “The average age for a girl to enter this life is 13 or 14 years old. They are promised the world and end up getting beaten and addicted to drugs and forced to sell their bodies. If we see these girls living on the street we’d judge them as drug-addicted prostitutes, but we need to ask, ‘how did they get there and what was their situation?’ Each of those girls has a face and a story to tell.” Jasmine established “Bags of Hope,” an outreach ministry that distributes bags filled with practical items (socks, […]
Together Rising was contacted by an aid worker working in Latin America. He told us about Casa de las Niñas in Managua, Nicaragua. A part of the Nicaragua Institute for Human Promotion (INPRHU), this girls’ home offers both residential and outpatient care for female victims of domestic abuse aged 7-18. The program gives victims of abuse, rape, and incest—girls who are often pregnant as a result of the abuse—a safe place to live and recover while providing them with critical emotional care and support. Due to lack of funds, the aid worker’s organization was unable to provide its standard yearly support of $20,000. This, coupled with changes made by the Nicaraguan government, put Casa de las Niñas in danger of closing. We reached out and Case de las Ninas provided us with a comprehensive plan for how they could use $20,000 — including medical care, individual and group therapy, legal assistance, living expenses, clothing, and supplies for 30 children for several months, as well as fundraising training for their staff. You supplied the full $20,000. We received a stack of letters from the girls currently being cared for by the Casa de las Niñas. The colorful notes expressed their appreciation and support. […]
Earlier this year, we received a request to get our little sisters running (and rising) in Moore County, NC. A grandmother wrote in to tell us about the community in which her three young granddaughters live – a neighborhood with a high military family presence and many families struggling to pay their bills. The community lacked in healthy activities for young girls. She requested help to create “a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.” She sought to implement a Girls on the Run chapter in Moore County, NC. Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, Girls on the Run teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. We were eager to assist our littlest sisters in achieving this goal. You provided all remaining funds needed to make their dream a reality. The chapter started in 2015 and is thriving. We could not be more proud. In the words of the chapter leader, “Thank you so much for making Girls on the Run Moore County happen! I appreciate your support and know that the impact that we will make to each girl will last a lifetime to those we touch.” And you know what […]
An update on Together Rising’s work with refugees, written by Glennon Doyle Melton and originally posted on Momastery.com: Friends, it’s time to update you on The Compassion Collective and our work to care for refugees in Europe. All the stories you are about to read — stories about the lives saved, the people fed, the shelter given—they can only be told because of you. You are the ones doing this. The gratitude that everyone connected with this work has for you is without measure. The situation for our refugees is worse now than it was in the fall. Borders have closed. Food is running out. Babies are dying. Parents are desperate. The evil the refugees are running from is real and it remains. When you look at the videos and the pictures you are about to see, please remember that these are people like us who once had homes and jobs, whose children went to school, who had dreams of the future and who desperately want to go home. This is what the refugees are saying—The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do was leave my country. I wish more than anything I had a home to bring my children back to. […]
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