Practical Ways To Help Survivors

The suffering of women and girls worldwide is not a situation they chose, life just gave it to them whether they wanted it or not. As many survivors have told me, no girl wakes up one day and says, I want to be a prostitute, a porn star, trafficked, raped, assaulted or molested. But in this world it happens, whatever the circumstance. They started out with the same hopes and desires that we all have it just didn’t end the same way.

Woman and girls all over the world basically have the same wants and needs when it comes to how they see their future. Many want to go to school, get a degree and a job they love. Some want to be married, have a family and live a good life, others want to travel and do something for humanity. What ever it is it’s something that most of us want. But what happens when those dreams become derailed or never even materialize? For a period in their life they’ve had to depend on someone who was abusing them or worse, just for food and shelter at the expense of their life and life expectancy.

The unfortunate reality that remains is that not all women and girls survive, but there are a lot that do. They need support that goes beyond frontline crisis resources. Like all of us, we need a kickstart someone who will support and see us through until we can stand on our own. They want and need self sustainability, not to depend on anyone to live.  Now it’s time for them reclaim there independence and freedom in a way that says I’ve survived, overcame and now I am truly free.

So what do they want, need, hope for? Here are some practical ways you can help them go from survivor to overcomer to truly free.

  1. The best way is to be a continuous donor of $25, $50 or $100 monthly. This will help us to provide access to transportation, culinary and leadership programs and job training. It will also help us to continue our presence to help survivors.
  2. Donating Basic hygiene supplies until they can afford their own
  3. Clothing. Gently washed or like new clothes for interviews or everyday wear. This will give them confidence and a boost to their self esteem.
  4. Volunteer with us! Send us an email at info@beasister2asister.org to find out how you can give your time.

If you would prefer to just donate at your own convenience you can go to our website at http://www.beasister2asister.org & go to Give Today then click on the donate button or you can mail a check to:

BeaSister2aSister

147 Prince Street, 4th Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11201

We thank you for all your support & every sister all over the world thanks you.

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Samantha Inesta

Founder/Executive Director

BeaSister2aSister

Let’s Talk More About Self Sustainability

When we look at the issue of human trafficking, an issue that has plagued the world for quite some time now, we tend to look at it in a one dimensional sense. We see the cause and effect followed by the eventual take down i.e. arresting pimps/traffickers while “rescuing” the women and girls that have been forced into that life. After they are unnecessarily processed, they are offered services to help them get through their trauma along with a safe place to do it. There they receive counseling, shelter, food, medical attention and sometimes legal services if they are foreign born. But this often times is a temporary fix, it doesn’t last leaving the survivor feeling hopeless again and re-thinking going back onto the streets.

While there is a need for front line organizations to  be available to survivors once they come out of their situation, there is also a need for them to become independent as apposed to dependent. While those emergency programs help, they’re not sustaining and can do more damage to a survivor if they become to dependent on it for their day to day life.

Most all organizations offer job training, access to some sort of shelter and various educational workshops however, with the influx of so many women and girls who are being trafficked there’s no accountability to make sure the survivor has everything they need to move on because as new women come into the program, the ones that have gone through already sometimes fall by the waist side or are forgotten. This leaves them wondering how they will survive and panic sets in followed by desperation and the willingness to do whatever they need to for survival. Even if it means going back on the streets.

We offer something that most programs are unable to. We offer self sustainability. What does that mean? It means equipping survivors with the tools and resources they need in order to break free from the life they left behind and move forward without being re-traumatized and re-victimized.

We also offer training programs, employment, counseling, medical, legal etc. But we do things differently. Before a survivor begins the journey of independence and self sustainability, we ask them how they would like to proceed and taylor the program according to their needs not ours. We offer them a continued range of services that may have not been fully met at the last program. Once we have identified the most urgent needs we work on them first to strengthen the survivor and encourage them to keep moving forward. Continued workshops, trainings, counseling and basic resources such as food, clothing and permanent housing empower them further. Employment in positive environments that are welcoming and supportive keeps them believing in themselves and wanting independence more and more. We will accompany them to all appointments if they wish and advocate for them in every situation that arises. We offer all this and more until they can stand on their own an no longer need our resources.

This is the goal of BeaSister2aSister, to be able to help a survivor help themselves so that we can help more on the path to self sustainability. That is all we focus on, this is a need that MUST be met a gap that needs to be filled. Not all women and girls who have survived human trafficking are able to move forward and be independent. BeaSister2aSister offers all of our services freely and works with survivors until they are self sustainable however, we cannot do it without support. In order for us to offer self sustainability our organization must be sustained as well. Please consider donating or being a recurring donor for $25, $50, or $100 monthly. This will help us be sustained and help us sustain survivors. As women, girls and sisters we should look out for each other no matter where were are from or what our background is.

BeaSister2aSister-Being Accountable For Every Woman Around The Globe.