Aug 8, 2020

#10FreeDays: Day 8 - A Daughter Shares Her Story of Restoration

Every trafficked girl deserves to be rescued and restored. She deserves having hope and a purpose for her life. Even though we have exceeded all expectations for #10freedays, let's keep sharing her story and FINISH STRONG!

We have raised enough to rescue 375 girls... and we're going for 450 over the last 3 days of 10freedays.

More exciting news... the Matching Gift challenge has been met. An additional 110 girls will be rescued with the $33,000 earned from the RB Nordick Foundation's generous challenge.
Day 8 of our campaign is a very special day because we get to hear from one of our daughters herself! Today, you will meet Karuna. She is a very special daughter who has been restored and has committed her life to keep her sisters in Nepal from enduring the pain she has suffered. She, and her Nepali sisters, are why I have committed to the 10 days to join the fight against trafficking in Nepal.

Meet Karuna! She is one of the thousands of girls that have been rescued and restored by Our Daughters International in Nepal. She will share her story of how she was rescued and is now dedicating her life to save her sisters in Nepal. She is a powerful social activist bringing anti-trafficking awareness to the girls and women of Nepal and boldly sharing her story of pain, as a platform for societal change.
 

Rescuing and restoring girls like Karuna is why I became an Activist for #10freedays. I know this campaign is so important as it provides the resources for giving hope and a purpose to Karuna and hundreds of girls like her. 

🤜🤛 Please join me in the fight against trafficking by contributing to my fundraising goal through this link (also easily accessible in my LinkTree) 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 7, 2020

#10FreeDays: Day 7 - Daughters as Leaders for Change

It is amazing to see what a group of like-minded people can achieve when they work together, even during a pandemic!

Over 350 girls will be rescued from trafficking in Nepal! Almost 1,200 donors have supported 232 Activists to raise over $107,000 in just 6 days.

Now, we have set our sights on raising enough to rescue 450 girls by the close of #10freedays.

Welcome to Day 7 of #10freedays. Today, I am sharing how our daughters are educating women in their communities through anti-trafficking and gender-based violence workshops, and also empowering women by encouraging entrepreneurship development. Your efforts to help rescue more daughters are having a ripple effect in Nepal. The one rescued and restored daughter is changing the lives of hundreds of others for the better.

In today’s video, Indra will discuss how communities are transformed by our daughters, which you can watch here: https://vimeo.com/428523348/99aed294dc.
The restoration pathway followed by the trafficking victims in Nepal is so inspiring. To know that girls who had no future are now igniters for empowering thousands of girls and women in Nepal is amazing. Our daughters host anti-trafficking sessions, gender-based violence education and legal literacy training. They empower others in their community through entrepreneurship development training and the establishment of savings groups. Six of these groups have even gone on to start federally chartered banks! 
 
As a #10freedays Activist, I am asking you to join me in stopping human trafficking in Nepal through the transformation of communities by our rescued and restored daughters.

🤜🤛 Please join me in the fight against trafficking by contributing to my fundraising goal through this link (also easily accessible in my LinkTree) 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 through August 10: www.stelladot.com/ts/nk9rj - and for every $50 sold, I'll donate $5 of my commission to the cause! 💖

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...