According to https://polarisproject.org/ human trafficking is the business of stealing freedom for profit. In some cases, traffickers trick, defraud or physically force victims into providing commercial sex. In others, victims are lied to, assaulted, threatened or manipulated into working under inhumane, illegal or otherwise unacceptable conditions. It is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 24.9 million people around the world.
Co-Founder & Executive Director of https://bridgehopenow.org/ Jessa Dillow Crisp reveals her Story.
Blue Planet Eco-Eyewear was honored to partner with Bridge Hope and donate 200 pairs of sunglasses to give to survivors.
GiveHope started in 2011, when Jessa Dillow Crisp saw other survivors of human trafficking in her area go through the holiday season alone and forgotten by society. In an effort to fill the emptiness she felt in her own heart, Jessa got holiday gifts for three local survivors and found that her own spirits lifted. The next year she gave holiday packages to six survivors of trafficking and the year after that she gave to twelve, which lead up to 2018 when 150 holiday packages were given to survivors of human trafficking in Colorado and around the US.
Since the holidays are difficult for many survivors, individuals who receive our GiveHope packages have made comments about the impact that these gifts have on their lives.
"Thank you for the kind and wonderful gift! I appreciate you so much for including me in this. I don't have anyone so this will likely be one of the only gifts I get - which is fine, I don't need much. I just wish I wasn't so alone- I'm really trying. I was having a really hard day today - so many things so I am thankful for this. I am deeply thankful for you remembering me - I can feel so invisible sometimes. Thank you again.”
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Before buying anything, try to make it a habit to ask yourself the very important question of whether you need it or not to limit compulsive shopping habits. Aside from being environmentally friendly, this also leaves you with money to spend on more important things. Remember that even small changes, when carried out together, will create a big impact on our planet.
Allysa Bassir was 22 years old when she started The Breakfast Club in 2015. She had been working in northern Ethiopia sharing the Gospel and educating on human trafficking in the rural villages. An Ethiopian friend had told her about starving kids in his town and knowing her heart for kids, asked her to help. just a couple days later 35 kids were being fed! Allysa is currently traveling back and forth from her home in Southern California to Ethiopia working on growing The Breakfast Club in hopes of providing hope for thousands of kids.