Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Tonight we had dinner with Pierre Tami while he was visiting New York en route back to Southeast Asia. Pierre is the president and director of Hagar International, which is based in Cambodia. His organization restores exploited women and children into a life of recovery.
Hagar International is interested in helping abused women in Southeast Asia by reintegrating them into self-sustaining jobs. Many women in his organization are designing handbags and other accessories. Because the products are made by rehabilitated women, each purchase provides those Cambodian women with employment and a future.
You can learn more about Pierre's organization at HagarInternational.org
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
It's been quite a while since we last posted about theblindproject and just wanted to fill everyone in where we currently stand.
At the moment we're working on another short video using the footage we gathered while we were in Asia. We are also planning on a second trip to to collect more footage and help the people in need.
Personally, there isn't a day that goes by where I don't think about child trafficking. It's been a bit tricky trying to balance theblindproject, a full time job, and a personal life here in NYC - but trying to make a change in the world is never easy.
We've crossed paths with huge organizations that deal with trafficking and injustice - who all had positive reactions to theblindproject. We've crossed paths with musicians and artists - who've been inspired to create awareness through music, poetry, and art. We've even crossed paths with people who've been affected by the sex trade.
Below is a note that I will keep anonymous...
"I'm from southeast asia and my mom spent most of her life there. When she was younger her mother helped her sell herself to men in order to have food on the table and a place to live. I've shown her the clip from your video and she wanted me to tell you thank you. You guys may not feel like you're making a huge difference, but you truly are. A group of people is all that's needed to make a change, as long as they are determined for it to happen. Just spreading the message of what is happening makes a difference."
Thanks for keeping the flames alive everyone.
All the best.