Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sex trafficking and meaningful handwork

Rahab's Rope showing itself in action...
"Rahab's Rope exists to give hope and opportunity to women and girls that have been forced into the commercial sex trade of India. By creating a safe and loving environment, they are enabled to grow and develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. Our work provides basic education and vocational training for each girl and woman who come through our centers; ultimately, allowing them to integrate into their communities in a positive and constructive manner."
Curried Myrrh has partnered with Rahab's Rope in their vision in teaching and supplying handwork. I was introduced to Rahab's Rope a few months ago, when a new model I began working with was telling me about an upcoming trip to India. She was going to volunteer and spend time with these women and this organization. I felt like an opportunity that clearly exemplified the vision of Curried Myrrh, had dropped into my lap. I contacted them, and shared my heart and some ideas about integrating the women into some handwork for Curried Myrrh. Vicki, the woman who began Rahab's Rope; was warm and enthusiastic and on the same page when it came to producing beautiful, skillful, high quality pieces in representing indigenous cultural handwork, that could provide healing, sustainable income, and community respect.
I hosted a couple of 'home shows' in tribute to and in support of Rahab's Rope-to build awareness and raise some more money that could go to buying tools/supplies for them. We were able to send them over $250, and are dreaming of embroidery sewing machines, and beadwork projects...

Vicki left for India right after Christmas, I sent some patterns and some new season colors with her. We're getting started on this thing, and I am so excited. I hope to go visit India, with my daughter. I can see us sitting on the floor and beading. That would be awesome.

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