If my short time with Love146 has taught me nothing else, it’s that I live a terribly excessive lifestyle.
On the way to work, I thought nothing of the $2.12 I spent on a cup of coffee and I didn’t bat an eye at the $2.63 price tag for a breakfast croissant.
Somehow I had managed to spend nearly five bucks before 9am.
Hearing stories every day of restoration in our Round Home makes things like coffee and croissants — things I buy every day — seem pointless. What lasting impact did that coffee and croissant have? None. Who did it help beside myself? No one.
That’s why I’m pumped to hear we’re partnering with One Day’s Wages. The philosophy behind One Day’s Wages is that the money we earn in a single day can do an incredible amount of good in the world.
The Round Home creates a space where girls are not only safe from being re-exploited, but can be empowered to realize their potential. One major component of this is education and vocational training. For each child, we pinpoint opportunities and local institutions that will enable her make a suitable and sustainable living.
The Love146 Round Home is unlike many institutions in that we work hard to create a home and family setting. For some children, this home environment combined with education and empowerment is exactly what is needed for recovery. One of the girls in our home, Amanda, didn't stop running from institutional care until she was placed with Love146 and put in a home study program. She excelled quickly and recently graduated with a licence to be a professional caregiver, able to work in hospitals, schools and other facilities with children, adults and the elderly. Amanda was “rescued” many times, but education was the key to her freedom from traffickers.
“The Round Home is full of people who love and support us. They believe we can reach our goals. They give us strength to stand up and continue our journey. I thank them so much and I thank all the supporters. I love you.”
That’s where One Day’s Wages comes in. They’ve already given $12,463 to our Round Home aftercare programs and they’re looking to match it for a grand total of $24,926.
Because we agree with One Day’s Wages in that a little money can make a big difference, we’re asking you to consider calculating how much money you make in a single day and giving it to the Round Home.
And don’t think that you have to be a CEO to make a difference. When I worked as a busboy during college, a normal eight-hour shift would bring in about $56. That’s enough for four girls at our Round Home to have backpacks stocked with school supplies. (Just imagine what I can do now that I work with a non-profit!)
Consider joining the girls on their way towards freedom by visiting One Day’s Wages.