Urumqi is a unique city. Located in northwest China in Xinjiang, it has the largest population of minority cultures. In 2004, I had an opportunity to spend a month there teaching English and I loved it. People are friendly, food is delicious, beautiful lake in the mountains and also desert land with camels roaming.
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From a former victim: “I met a girl working in a Karaoke bar who offered me a job. The job involved sitting with customers and playing CDs for them to sing. One customer asked me to go to a guesthouse with him, and I refused. But he had a gun which he pointed at me, and threatened to shoot my legs if I did not go, so I had no choice. The bar owner never intervened because this was a normal occurrence in these places, it happened all the time.
After that it was often like that, I had little choice about who I had to have sex with because they were wealthy or threatened me. I was filled with pain in my heart. It was so hard to bear. There was nobody willing to help me and I cried alone every night with no one to care about me. I started to think I was crazy. I was often so depressed; I felt I had no worth or value and my life was cheap. I cannot describe the pain.
Since I came to work at Daughters, I feel I am living a different life, like I am a different person. I used to cry at night and be unable to sleep; now I still cry but then I pray to God and I feel peace and am able to sleep. I feel so much better in my life than before. At Daughters I find comfort and strength, the staff value me, I have close friends and I know many people here love me and care about me. And I can talk to people here if I feel bad. I feel loved”
Daughters recognizes the impact of sexual exploitation in Cambodia as an abuse of human rights. Daughters seeks to help victims find ways out of this situation and into a situation of safety, freedom and dignity, to find wholeness, and to become all that God created them to be.
Daughters is involved with empowering people to make changes to their own lives, within their own cultural and social contexts, promoting healthy decision making so that changes are internal, voluntary and sustainable rather than imposed. The long-term aim is to achieve sustainable outcomes in making a real and lasting difference in the victim’s lives. Long-term success is defined as a client remaining out of the sex industry for the rest of her life, supporting herself through dignified, rewarding work, and raising her own family to have a better future.
All the products we carry from Daughters use organic cotton and handmade coconut shell buttons. The bags are perfect for your tween or teen to carry their belongings:
Lil’Soak Designs is a fair trade label working in Davao, Philippines with a local NGO providing local or in-house livelihood sewing projects to women in Davao, Philippines. The area is primarily a squatter’s village with employment perpetually below 50%, this livelihood project gives hope to local artisans in the fight against poverty, drug abuse, and sectarian violence. A percentage of every purchase goes back to the House of Jubillee, and supports health initiatives, feeding programs for school age children., and educational scholarships for local youth.
From Amselet: Everyone has HIV/AIDS there so we are all the same. I used to beg on the mountain and I stayed there for the holy water. My life was very bad. Begging is like being dead. My husband was still working for the military and he started to help with the Entoto Project when they first came to the mountain. He introduced me to them. I am so thankful for the opportunity.
Amleset and her husband were able to move off Entoto Mountain and into the city in early 2011. They are both doing well and are thankful to be back in the city and not feel ashamed or discriminated against because of their disease. Your purchase from our Entoto jewelry collection has brought them a better life that would have otherwise been impossible. Thank you for your support.