Six weeks ago I sat on a train bound for the city alongside my sister.
I stared out the window, lost in my thoughts. I turned to her, "I can't stop thinking about all the suffering. The pain. The needs. Do you realize children as young as four are being sold for sex? Some are sold by their own parents. But what can I do?"
I had just recently listened to a podcast (episode 24) about a family that up and moved to Cambodia to help prevent child sex trafficking. I so admired their efforts and contribution.
I continued, "I should be doing something. I can't just sit in my comfortable home in the suburbs, running kids here and there and continue ignoring the needs of so many. But it's so overwhelming. I have no idea where to start."
A couple of weeks later, on a Friday morning, I posted this after visiting a friend of mine in the assisted living center in which she resides:
"Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the needs in the world and I feel heavy with burden wondering what I can do to make a difference. I especially worry about the mistreatment of women and children. I am trying to recognize the good I can do in my own community and the light that can be given to those around me who are suffering. I may not be able to rescue on a large scale (right now) but I can offer some relief that matters to one."
Hours after that post, I sat at my computer and came across Go Jane Give and I marveled at the timing.
Go Jane Give is a new and amazing platform for lifestyle giving that inspires women to use their talents, interests, and everyday tasks to raise money for causes that are near and dear to them. You'll find women donating photo shoots, homemade baby food, baked goods, lessons, or even hours of silence in exchange for donations and to raise awareness.
I didn't even finish reading the blog post about Go Jane Give, before I clicked over and started my own fundraiser. (I really should have thought through my fundraiser a bit further, but I was soooooo excited to have found a way to be able to help!)
I chose to raise awareness and funds for Prajwala:
"20 million women and children are trafficked and tortured every year in the sex trade. Prajwala, an internationally recognized nonprofit, has rescued and rehabilitated over 15,600 survivors of sex trafficking and prevented more than 8,000 others from entering the sex trade. When you support Prajwala, you provide educational opportunities, housing, vocational support and recovery tools for sex trade survivors. You also help prevent children from being sold into sex slavery in the most hard-hit areas of India."
I offered fresh-baked bread to anyone who donated $15 or more and two hours of decluttering and organizational services to anyone who donated $50 or more.
Because of incredible friends and family (and a couple of strangers), the $500 goal was met three days later.
I am still offering fresh bread to anyone who makes a $15 donation (if you live in my area.) You can find my Go Jane Give fundraiser HERE.
And an article about my experience HERE.
What an incredible thing Go Jane Give has provided, to be able to offer direct support and relief from our own little corner of the world!
"Helping is helping even when it feels like a drop in the ocean."