On last night’s series premiere of Awkward, you met Jenna Hamilton. Things got off to an awkward start, and they only got more awkward from there. In real life, she’s Ashley Rickards and she’s quite the changemaker. Get to know Ashley, her character Jenna and how you can help her stop sex slavery with Project Futures in her guest blog post below.
By: Ashley Rickards
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Gandhi
One to two million women and children worldwide are sold into sexual slavery every year. The world is suffering, and in order to end the suffering, the people of this world must come together. Your help, your commitment, your desire for a better world are what will help finally end sexual slavery and human trafficking, forever.
When reading Somaly’s book, A Road of Lost Innocence, you cannot help but be completely affected, and as such join the fight to end sexual slavery. I met with many people at the organization and traded ideas back and forth about how we could spread awareness in a younger generation and start chapters across the country and, hopefully, the world. Later, I had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie Lorenzo at one of our fundraisers. Stephanie was in the process of running a wonderful organization, which she built from the ground up, Project Futures. In the two years since, Project Futures has partnered with the Somaly Mam Foundation to form a new sector: Somaly Mam Foundation Project Futures.
Friday, July 22, 2011
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