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December 18, 2008

Giving the Gift of Freedom

Wonderfullymade "You can't make the difference for all people, but you can make all the difference for one person," said IJM president Gary Haugen at a recent benefit dinner in D.C.

Maybe you can't free every person from forced bondage in India's rock quarries. Maybe you can't drive out every child exploiter in Haiti. And maybe you can't deliver every girl from sexual slavery in southeast Asia. But maybe you can help one.

If you're still looking for last-minute Christmas gifts, consider giving the gift of freedom. Here are a few ideas:

  • Described at once as "funky and frilly," Wonderfully Made jewelry helps create sustainable jobs for victims of sex trafficking. Eye-catching necklaces, bracelets, and earrings range in price from $25 to $325.
  • Similarly, NightLight provides jobs and aftercare for women leaving the sex industry in Bangkok, Thailand. The jewelry includes everything from colorful pearl designs to elegant wood ensembles.

Another way you can give the gift of freedom is to make sure your stores aren't benefiting from slave labor. Before you head to the mall, send an email to your store of choice letting them know that you value freedom over their merchandise.

(Image © Wonderfully Made)

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That's wonderful, thank you.

I assembled my own list of a sort for the Livejournal & Facebook Clapham Circles:

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