A few months ago, I used a sick day for mental wellness…
A few months ago, I used a sick day for mental wellness…
Every February, many of us from all over the world participate in the @enditmovement’s annual campaign to “Shine a Light on Slavery.” Depending on what you used to draw a red X on your hand (symbolizing your commitment to the movement), it will either fade rapidly or over time. No matter what, it WILL fade.
In the trenches of parenting, there aren’t always right answers — but there are strategies & wisdom tested by the day-to-day tangle of family life. For January, during National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Love146 shared new resources for Parents & Caregivers to keep children safe. Then we asked: What specifically works for you? How do you raise children to be safer in our world? We received several beautiful responses, filled with tips and insights from fellow Love146 supporters who are parents.
When to-do lists and busyness take over my time at Love146, it’s…
A report from a Love146 social worker: Survivors of child trafficking live in lots of different settings, and I go where they go. One of my youth is living in a group home that only offers a certain generic shampoo, and as a black girl it leaves her curly hair dry and brittle. Imagine having a bad hair day – everyday – while you’re trying to do some really really hard emotional work, like recover from sexual assault and trafficking. Love146 makes sure needs are met so youth can focus on the huge task of reclaiming their lives. Sure, sometimes that has high price tags, but last week, just $8 got her some ethnically appropriate shampoo. And it was a big deal.
The education of youth is often interrupted by their exploitation. For children in our Survivor Care, re-engaging with school is like trying to climb a hill while carrying a heavy weight. The hill has typical steps and obstacles that everyone has to learn how to master. Like showing up on time. Like learning how to ask for your own makeup work. The kinds of things that every teenager has to learn how to do. Love146’s role is to make sure that the weight of exploitation and recovery doesn’t ultimately pull students backwards or prevent them from making that climb.
The documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” has appeared in the midst of a resurgence of interest in Mr. Rogers, fueled by a growing hunger for kindness in a world that has become increasingly angry and cynical. If you know anything about Mr. Rogers, you know his main theme was about the neighborhood — and about who the neighbor is. It’s a value that the children in our care remind us of on a regular basis.
“My father, now 89 years old with Alzheimer’s Disease, can’t recall my name. But my memories of him from my early years are more vivid today than ever— including what he taught me by example about being a father, and how I see a similar approach in how Love146 cares for children.”
Proximity inspires action. The closer we are in proximity to the actual people affected by injustice, abuse, or harm, the more we are impacted and the deeper we engage. Oftentimes a human rights issue, such as the trafficking and exploitation of children, seems “far away” or feels like something that happens “over there.”
Our Prevention team visited a juvenile detention center to speak with young people about human trafficking. What happened gave us hope.
A group of four ambitious bike riders traversed the French countryside on a fundraising tour for Love146. Their grit and determination reminds us that childhood is not the only time to which these kinds of adventures should be confined, inspiring us to dust off our bikes and relive our childhoods so that trafficked children may yet have an opportunity to live theirs.
Giving up is never the right answer. Reevaluating, yes, reimagining, of course — but never giving up. Yet that was nearly the end result of one Volunteer Team after a year of floundering. What a mistake that would have been. They rebounded with more impact than they had considered possible. Here’s how it all went down.
Hike, Talk, Laugh, Cry… However you make time to take care of yourself, it’s important that you do! Life is intense – here’s how we take care of ourselves at Love146.
She’s still a little nervous as she gets out of the car, walks through the garden. This brick path has carried many young people with heavy histories and cautious steps. But she’s grinning from ear to ear, taking in the plants and the cricket song and the sweet night air.
These girls are fighting daily for everything they deserve, despite what they’ve been dealt. When we sell them short, we hold back all of humanity.
When listening becomes one of your true, living values it can be a powerful tool for social change.
We had people over for the Super Bowl last weekend. We had a Patriots themed party for goodness sakes, with Patriots plates and napkins and cups and banners. But really? I had this persistently surreal moment and all I could keep thinking is: It’s a game. It’s not real life.
Thirteenth birthdays are a big deal. And today, we want to celebrate a very special one. It taught us all something about generosity and the power of one person, no matter how young, to change the world.
A group of teens in Pennsylvania wanted to engage with the issue of child trafficking. After spending an evening learning about the issue and serving Love146 behind the scenes, they asked themselves what kind of words could bring hope and healing to a young person in a situation like this. Here are some of their messages — and if you have survived something yourself, these letters are for you, too.
This December individual donors and matching donor, Michelle Phan, contributed a breathtaking $119,199! Michelle Phan shared, “We will do anything to help create a future where children are safe. This is our radical mission. This is our purpose. 2017 will be a powerful year. We are just beginning!”
Whether we’re 7 or 70, we owe a lot of thanks to the people in our lives who remind us to be goofy, to be brave, and to be ourselves. Check out these pictures of the youngest children in our safehomes being good friends to each other. We promise: It’ll make your day!
The children in the Love146 safe homes recently took a field trip…
Does the moment described in “Silent Night” have anything to offer to people who are suffering? What difference does one calm, loving scene make in this world where so few know peace?
For a lot of us, the holiday season has its challenges. It reminds us how things “ought to be,” and we may find ourselves wishing our lives and families looked more like the happy, healthy ones we see in movies and Christmas cards. This is true for many children in Love146’s global survivor care programs. We’re determined to do whatever it takes to help them feel important and loved during the holidays!
The children in our care are not voiceless. Translated from their language, tagalog, the words in these videos below are directly from the boys and girls in our care in the Philippines. There is no silver lining to being trafficked or exploited, but there is a shining resilience in humanity that refuses to be extinguished.
Sonya recently told us: “I am building my life, piece by piece. Despite everything that happened to me, I believe there’s a wonderful plan for my life. I am determined to unravel the future waiting for me.”
Some days it feels foolish to believe like this, to tend our defiant hope against so much darkness. But this holiday season, inspired by children, we’re determined to keep our candles burning longer and brighter. As one child in our survivor care has said, “When we are given light, we should give that light to others.”
We’re so grateful for those of you who gave today. For every donation, there is a child who will feel your support making a difference in their life. We’re moved by the reasons that each person chooses to give – here are a few of those things our supporters shared…
Fifty-seven years ago today, the United Nations officially adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It states in its opening that “mankind owes to the child the best it has to give.” This year, on International Children’s Day, we need to ask ourselves: are we, the adults of humankind, giving children the best we have to give?
So much of my work with Love146 leads me back to that place of anger and grief. Each time I have to go there, I want to hide from it, step around it, seal it up. But the day that happens — the day I’m no longer affected by the pain of another person — is the day compassion ends for me.
For children whose needs and agency have not been respected, self-care helps them learn how strong and important they are. “Before, other people controlled my life. Now, I have control over myself,” says Cate. And that transformation can start with things as simple as brushing their teeth, taking their vitamins, or washing their hands before they eat.
What’s the buzz at the Love146 safe homes? Six new hives of stingless bees! Under the children’s care, the safe homes are reaching a new level of sustainability. Seeing kids collaborate so beautifully with nature, we’re reminded that cultivation is very, very different from exploitation.
The survivors who live in our safe homes are children, and that breaks our hearts. But it also means they deserve to be children.
Some days, a bright future seems too good to be true. But when you walk into class on the first day of university and see your very own laptop light up on the desk in front of you, anything seems possible.
This summer, Yamile’s fourth birthday was an occasion to celebrate the bright future of all children, no matter their past. Learn how you can join in the celebration by putting your love into action!
I’ll never forget the first time that my youngest son recognized that I was a different color than him.
Music plays an important therapeutic role in our safe homes for children who have survived trafficking and exploitation. As they heal and play and grow, they fill the space with song.
There are too many forces in this world that make young people’s worlds feel smaller. We’ve found in our prevention work that the solution doesn’t come from new rules to follow or new things to fear. The solution is stepping into a bigger world.
If there were more of us who carried shame when we should, there would be fewer people carrying it when they shouldn’t.
We opted to go through his apps and messages. Kik was the first one we opened. That’s when we discovered “Laurie Bartlett.” This attractive, 20ish, flirty blond with great taste in underwear had, for some unknown reason, taken an interest in and privately messaged my 12-year old son.
Tuyen was trafficked into the UK, exploited as a domestic slave, forced to work in a nail bar, and then then forced into sexual exploitation. As was the case with Tuyen, Love146 supports young people in foster placements, being present with them when they speak with the police, and assisting them through the court process. We’re there for as long as they need us, whatever it takes.
What does it mean to have “real” job?
A supporter writes: There is something really unique about the way you educate about your cause, something raw and at the same time so loving that attracts me. I don’t know as much about any other organizations to which I donate as I do about you.
The story of hope from a 1-year old survivor of exploitation.
175 years later, the Supreme Court decision in the Amistad case is a part of an unfinished conversation about racial justice as the nation confronts the problems of police bias, voter suppression, mass incarceration, and educational inequity as the scourge of slavery persists in the form of human trafficking.
When you’re standing in the midst of a dream come true … and a 5-year old who you would think shouldn’t have a reason to even smile again pulls you out onto the dance floor to dance … you dance.
Sharing a meal together creates a sense of community and fellowship — and emphasizes to the young people we partner with that they are not journeying alone.
Lynne Chitty, our UK Care Director, met Quyen when she was 16. She arrived from France, where she had been trafficked and sexually exploited…
A survivor learned enough of the warning signs to seek help, and a community mobilized quickly to help keep her safe.
Caroling is a tradition in the Philippines, wherein children go from house…
At Love146, different forms of self-expression are encouraged, including music. Every little sound they make is met with lavish praise and encouragement.
A profound poem by Cecily, a survivor being served by Love146 in our Round Home in the Philippines.
This holiday season, there are a lot of ways that you can support Love146. We have e-cards, printable cards, awesome gift items, and even hanging wall pennants!
“I met him at the mall… I met him at the park…
What if we were passionate about people, not things?
“Thank you for giving me shoes.” “Thank you for giving me decent…
I find answering loaded questions that come in through social media is…
Our Director of Asia Survivor Care shares about what a safe home means to her.
Love146’s CEO Steve Martin shares how looking towards Love146’s future involves delving into history.
What’s the number one most strategic thing you can do to help Love146 fight child trafficking and exploitation?
The term “partner” has as many different definitions as there are charities…
Our Director of Asia Aftercare describes the powerful ways education can transform a survivor’s life.
Cassie, the leader of a Love146 Task Force, explains why you should start a group on YOUR campus.
How one supporter’s incredible generosity stopped us in our tracks.
If you walked into Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston last Tuesday night, you would have seen dozens of Texans all gathered to protect and care for vulnerable children.
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