Reshma was only 12 years old when she was rescued from a filthy brothel in a red Light district in Pune. You can imagine how thrilled we were when she declared, “Thank you brothers for rescuing me from this terrible life, now I know I have someone that cares for me.” – Exodus Road Coalition Partner James, of Indian Rescue Mission
Hope is an undercurrent we can’t lose in this fight for freedom. It’s that quality, that dream, which drives brave men to enter dark places on behalf of a child, and it’s the word spoken over a girl like Reshma, when she is given the freedom to walk out of a dirty brothel.
Hope is new sunrises after the darkest nights.
And even in the face of 27 million slaves trapped in the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, hope can still rise and be made a reality, as long as people are willing to invest in it. People like the investigative teams, donors, support staff, bloggers. People that are choosing to continue battling for freedom, even when logic says that perhaps we should just give up– the question poised by our founder Matt Parker in the video released this past week:
One such person investing in hope with the tools at her disposal is the lovely Lisa Leonard. Lisa and her jewelry company have graciously donated a hand stamped pewter necklace to the community here at The Exodus Road. Fittingly, the center charmed is stamped with the following quote:
Hope is the thing with feathers.
The necklace also has a freshwater pearl and hand stamped feather charm, as well. It’s a gorgeous necklace that serves as a reminder that there is always, always hope.
This week, in addition to Lisa’s necklace (retail value of nearly $50), we’re also giving away two leather bracelets (unisex) stamped with the logo of The Exodus Road ($15 dollar value each). These high quality leather bracelets can be worn by men or women. We’re also giving away five sets of rubber bracelets (think the yellow “Live Strong” bracelets), stamped with the term “Rescue is Coming.” Each set will contain one black and one teal bracelet.
We had a supporter several weeks ago say to us, “The only reason I still care about trafficking is that you won’t let me forget about it. I see your facebook feeds, and I’m reminded of the problem.” We understand that hope for girls like Reshma in large part lies with the rest of us not forgetting her and those in similar situations.
And, so, to enter this week’s giveaway, we’re asking that you simply connect or share The Exodus Road online. You can like The Exodus Road on facebook, follow or share us on twitter (@theExodusRoad), or share the giveaway on facebook or pinterest. We’d be honored if you would specifically ask your own network of friends to follow us on Facebook or twitter, as well. We believe that hope lies in not forgetting, and we’d love to share that hope with you, our community of abolitionists.
To enter this week’s giveaway, simply click on the rafflecopter giveaway below. Entries will close on Tuesday, June 25th, and will be announced on June 26th. And after you enter here, be sure to stop by Lisa Leonard Online to browse through the rest of her inspirational jewelry. Each piece speaks a story there.