Aug 6, 2020

#10FreeDays - Day 6: Launching Micro-Businesses to Become Community Leaders

We have exceeded our #10freedays goal of rescuing 300 girls from trafficking in Nepal in just 5 days!! Over 225 Activists have engaged 1,100 donors to raise over $94,000!

How many more can we rescue in the 2nd half of #10freedays?

Today is Day 6 of our #10freedays campaign. Did you know the funds we raise not only rescue girls and provide them with care and counseling but also send them back into the community as owners of micro-businesses? This step empowers our daughters, earning them respect and virtually eliminates their chances of being re-trafficked. Thank you for your commitment to continue sharing about how Our Daughters International is transforming lives.

Meet Priska, the Business Manager, who shepherds our daughters as they establish their micro-businesses. The types of businesses include tailoring, salons, cafés, markets, and butchering. This step in their journey is so important because these micro-businesses allow our daughters to become self-sufficient and therefore at less risk of being re-trafficked. Having a successful micro-business is the first step in our daughter becoming a leader for change in her community.
 
I am so excited to be an Activist for #10freedays and to know that this campaign is such an important component of support as our daughters step-out to become leaders. Thanks for your willingness to join me.

🤜🤛 Please join me in the fight against trafficking by contributing to my fundraising goal through this link now through August 10: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/OurDaughtersInternational/10freedays2020/WhitneyFields

✨ As an alternative to donating, you can also shop for a cause 🛍️ through my Stella & Dot fundraising link: www.stelladot.com/ts/nk9rj - and for every $50 sold, I'll donate $5 of my commission to the cause! 💖


Aug 5, 2020

#10FreeDays - Day 5: Our Daughters are Transformed


Welcome to Day 5, the halfway point of our #10freedays campaign. We have raised over $90,290 with the help of almost 1000 donors!

Over 300 girls will be rescued in Nepal from our efforts so far!!

We are so grateful to all of the donors for helping us achieve our total campaign goal after only 4 days. There are still 5 more days left of this campaign - so let's keep going! 

Every dollar raised above my personal goal of $300 will be matched dollar for dollar (until the campaign reaches an additional $33,000!).

Today, I will share how ODI helps transform trafficking victims by providing them with instruction and education at our training center. This is crucial so our daughters can move through our program and exit feeling confident that they will have a way to provide for themselves. Please help us continue to spread the word about Our Daughters International.

After graduating from the Safe Home, our daughters are welcomed into the Training Center. Ratina will share an introduction to the Training Center in today’s video: https://vimeo.com/405896741/7632c3c3e4


During their 6-9 month stay, our daughters develop the job skills necessary to launch their own micro-business. The Training Center can house up to 40 daughters at a time and it is here that they grow strong physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Many of the daughters attend the Social Leadership Development School, which develops their ability to be powerful anti-trafficking advocates upon returning to their community.

As a woman who has owned her own business for 10 years, this particular aspect of the rescue process is my favorite. Helping a woman launch something of her own is truly empowering

Having designed two "Whitney" tees with Elegantees, which provides employment to rescued women in the Kingdom of Hope Sewing Center, I'm so proud to be sharing my business headshots wearing one of those tops.

 
Photos were taken by Brook Todd.
 
Being a #10freedays Activist is allowing me to give our daughters a PURPOSE for their lives, and I’m asking you to please join me in transforming the futures of so many girls in Nepal.

🤜🤛 Please join me in this fight against trafficking by contributing to my fundraising goal through this link: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/OurDaughtersInternational/10freedays2020/WhitneyFields

✨ As an alternative way to donate, you can also shop for a cause 🛍️ through my Stella & Dot fundraising link: www.stelladot.com/ts/nk9rj - and for every $50 sold, I'll donate $5 of my commission to the cause! 💖


Stella & Dot - KEEP Collective: August Collectors' Edition

Bring on fall, y'all! ☕️🧣🍂 I don't know about you - but these new charms have me dreaming of cooler weather!

The August Collector's Edition of KEEP fall-inspired charms and the reversible denim/red band are now available here.


This Collector’s Edition gives us all the fall feels, complete with a crisp rose gold apple, cozy flannel, pumpkin spice latte, and reversible leather band.


For 24 hours only - you can get all 4 pieces for $74!

Set includes:

  • Crystal Apple – Rose Gold – Collector’s Edition
  • Plaid Flannel Shirt – Rose Gold – Collector’s Edition
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte – Rose Gold – Collector’s Edition
  • Printed Single Leather Band – Blue Denim/Red – Collector’s Edition


 
 
Now I'm dreaming of a warm beverage and cooler temperatures... 


Aug 4, 2020

#10FreeDays: Day 4 - She is Now Our Daughter


Today is Day 4 of our #10freedays campaign. Here is an update on how we're doing after Day 3. As of 9:00 pm last night (8/3), we have raised just over $75,000 with the help of 204 activists!

That enough to rescue 250 girls from trafficking in Nepal!!

Day 4: How a survivor rescued at the border officially becomes "our daughter" in the safe home.


Trafficking survivors become our daughters! What a powerful image… one that motivated me to become an activist for #10freedays and Our Daughters International.
 
Survivors that cannot be reunited with their families, become “our daughters” and are welcomed into the Safe Home where they receive intense trauma counseling, health assessments, care, and love.  Most feel a sense of HOPE for the first time in their lives. As a daughter, they discover their identity and realize they are worthy. During their 2-3 month stay in the Safe Home, the daughters are given skills training as part of their therapy. 

Meet Kamika in today’s video: https://vimeo.com/405896415/0ebca7739b. Last year alone, Kamika and her team welcomed 95 daughters into the Safe Home. 


🤜🤛 Please join me in this fight against trafficking by contributing to my fundraising goal through this link: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/OurDaughtersInternational/10freedays2020/WhitneyFields

✨ As an alternative way to donate, you can also shop for a cause 🛍️ my Stella & Dot fundraising link: www.stelladot.com/ts/nk9rj - and for every $50 sold, I'll donate $5 of my commission to the cause! 💖


I have styled my favorite Elegantees' Hudson tee in olive/ivory stripes with a few of my favorite pieces from our current Stella & Dot and Keep collection! Elegantees partners with ODI to provide employment to women in the Kingdom Hope Garment Factory in Nepal.





Aug 3, 2020

#10FreeDays: Day 3 - Victims are now Survivors

Together, our #10freedays Activist Team Has Raised Enough Funds To Rescue 200 Girls!

As we enter Day 3 of our #10freedays campaign, I want to celebrate that 178 Activists combined have raised $60,000 in just two days. Our efforts are literally going to change the trajectory of these young women's lives forever.

Our Daughters International rescues trafficking victims at the border between Nepal and India. Potential trafficking victims are interviewed and counseled regarding their purpose of going to India and the dangers of being trafficked. Since 2009, over 130,000 girls have been interviewed, with over 11,000 actually rescued from trafficking. These victims have now become survivors! 

For over 8 years, Usha has been working at one of the border stations. She has rescued hundreds of girls. 

Meet her in today’s video:



Last year alone, over 20,000 girls were interviewed and 1,035 were rescued. I want to help rescue more and that’s why I joined #10freedays as an Activist. You can help victims become survivors by donating today.

🤜🤛 Please join me in this fight against trafficking by donating toward my fundraising goal through this link: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/OurDaughtersInternational/10freedays2020/WhitneyFields

✨ As an alternative way to donate, you can also shop for a cause 🛍️ my Stella & Dot fundraising link: www.stelladot.com/ts/nk9rj - and for every $50 sold, I'll donate $5 of my commission to the cause! 💖

I have styled my favorite Elegantees (the clothing company that partners with ODI to provide employment to women in the  Kingdom Hope Garment Factory in Nepal) tops with a few of my favorite pieces from our current Stella & Dot and Keep collection!