During the Fifth House Sale 2/20-2/23, we will be collecting gently used bras in support of Free The Girls. Started seven years ago by David Terpstra, a former pastor in Colorado, bra collections help provide jobs and economic opportunity for trafficking survivors in sub-Saharan Africa. Bras are a higher priced item in the second hand market in developing countries and women who have survived abuse enjoy selling a product that is only needed by other women.
If you bring in gently used bras that no longer fit, or are barely worn to the Fifth House sale, you will receive an extra 10% off already significantly reduced merchandise.
I chose this organization because I wanted my own inventory donation to make a significant impact, and what could be a more perfect end to one chapter of Fifth House than to empower the start of another.
For More information on Free the Girls, visit Free the Girls or read below.
WHO WE ARE
Free The Girls is an international 501(c)(3) non-pro t organization devoted to coming alongside sex trafficking survivors with a path to true freedom. It’s a journey from horrific trauma to reintegrating into the life they were meant to live within their families and communities. Our goal for true freedom is measured by economic freedom, restored health, social well-being, education, and opportunity for a di erent, hopeful future.
WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
Human trafficking and sexual exploitation. To the women we work with, free is the opposite of grave danger, destruction, and slavery. Freedom has been stolen through human tra icking from more men, women, and children in the world than ever before. Currently, 20-37 million people are being held as slaves around the world, generating $150 billion dollars per year for the criminals that exploit this vulnerable population. Mozambique, Uganda, and El Salvador are just three of the countries that face high numbers of human tra icking.
We partner with those who have a heart for victims of trafficking. With holistic reintegration programs and economic opportunity through bras, we provide the opportunity for these women to empower themselves to change the trajectoryweb of their lives. By partnering with established aftercare programs in Mozambique, Uganda, and El Salvador, we provide an opportunity for sex trafficking survivors to make a safe and sustainable income. We work one-on-one with each budding entrepreneur in areas like inventory management, budgeting, and financial planning for future dreams and goals they want to achieve.
Bras are a unique item that actually have the power to bring freedom and hope to survivors! In many parts of the world, bras tend to be an item that many women have sitting in drawers for a long time un-touched. By inviting “everyday abolitionists” to donate their gently used bras (or collect them from family and friends), we are able to provide a woman with her starting inventory for her business. In some developing nations, bras are a sought-after item in the marketplace and command top dollar. By selling bras, a survivor is able to become an entrepreneur in her own community, having a sense of safety and economic freedom that allows her to provide for herself and her children as well!