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Give Her Wings: Fight Sex Slavery

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Raised by 186 people in 9 months
**Nuestra campaña se presenta aquí en Inglés y Español. Por favor, Siga navegando para encontrar esta historia en Español.**

EVERY DONATION MADE RIGHT NOW WILL BE MATCHED BY AN ANONYMOUS DONOR! YOUR GIFT WILL GO TWICE AS FAR!

OUR CAUSE

Alas de Colibrí’s protection house, known as El Nido (The Nest) provides comprehensive care to survivors of sexual exploitation in a safe, temporary, group home setting in which young women can feel open and empowered to become active participants in protecting their own human rights. This safe home is one of only two aftercare homes in the entire country specifically prepared to support the healing of female, adolescent, survivors of sex slavery.


However, government funding for this program has been cut by more than 50% over the last two years. This safe haven will close if they do not receive our help. Your donation will allow young women who are currently seeking refuge –along with future survivors of sex slavery- to have a safe place to recover from human rights violations, while we continue to secure more permanent funding.

Please help us keep this safe haven open! Help us #GiveHerWings


ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

The Alas de Colibrí Foundation (ACF), or Hummingbird Wings Foundation is a non-profit organization based in the capital of Ecuador. Since 2012, ACF has been working to support vulnerable populations through various human rights focused projects with an emphasis on human trafficking and human mobility. 

Throughout the world today, there are an estimated 20 million people who are trafficked internationally or forced into labor in their country of origin in the world today. In Ecuador, over 75% of victims of trafficking had been sold into sex slavery. It is one of the most tragic forms of violence and disproportionately impacts women and children. 

http://www.fundacionalasdecolibri.org/



WHERE WILL YOUR MONEY GO AND HOW WILL IT GET THERE

Your support is significant and tangible. Below is a breakdown of where these funds will be going.




Because this organization is located outside of the United States, your donation is not tax-exempt through this campaign. If this will inhibit your ability to donate, please contact me to see how we can partner together. What you donate will reach those in need. 


WHY IS IT WORTH IT? TO ME, TO YOU, TO US ALL...

Money is a precious resource, becoming more precious to us everyday. Sometimes, it feels like much of what happens is out of our control, but I feel comfortable writing this because I truly believe that these donations will make a difference. The humble staff at ACF is incredibly capable and attentive while demonstrating grace in times of stress, kindness in moments of fear and confusion, and a steadfast grounding in protecting the human rights of vulnerable people.  

With gratitude and love,

Brooke and The Hummingbird Wings Foundation

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VERSION EN ESPAÑOL

Esta campaña es una urgente súplica de mí hacia ustedes para evitar que un refugio seguro de cierre sus puertas. 

NUESTRA CAUSA

La Fundación Alas de Colibrí (ACF) es una organización sin fines de lucro con sede en la capital de Ecuador. Desde el 2012, ACF ha estado trabajando para apoyar a las poblaciones vulnerables a través de varios proyectos enfocados en los derechos humanos con énfasis en la trata de personas y la movilidad humana. 

Hoy en día en todo el mundo, hay un estimado de 20 millones de personas que son víctimas de la trata de personas a nivel internacional o que son forzadas a trabajar en su país de origen. En Ecuador, más del 75% de las víctimas de la trata han sido vendidas como esclavas sexuales. Es una de las formas más trágicas de violencia y afecta desproporcionadamente a mujeres y niños.

La casa de protección de Alas de Colibrí, conocida como ‘el Nido’ brinda un cuidado completo y profesional a sobrevivientes de la explotación sexual en un entorno grupal seguro y temporal, donde las mujeres jóvenes pueden sentirse abiertas y empoderadas para convertirse en participantes activas en proteger sus derechos humanos. 

Este hogar seguro es uno de los dos centros de acogida en todo el país específicamente preparados para apoyar la rehabilitación de mujeres adolescentes  sobrevivientes de la esclavitud sexual. ¡Ayúdenos a mantener este refugio seguro abierto! 


#GiveHerWings  #DaleAlas

CÓMO SU DONACIÓN AYUDARÁ

Simple y llanamente, su donación permitirá que la casa de protección permanezca abierta POR UN AÑO ENTERO, a que las adolescentes que actualmente reciben ayuda continúen recibiendo servicios, apoyo y seguridad, y permitirá que el personal de Alas de Colibrí continúe su trabajo. 

¿A DÓNDE IRA SU DINERO Y CÓMO LLEGARÁ ?

La financiación del gobierno para este programa ha sido reducida en más del 50% en los últimos dos años. Durante todo un año, ustedes podrán mantener a Alas de Colibrí en funcionamiento al respaldar los costos de funciones necesarios. A continuación se detalla exactamente a dónde irá su donación ... 


Debido a que esta organización se encuentra fuera de los Estados Unidos y GoFundMe no realiza depósitos directos a organizaciones internacionales, entonces, su donación no está exenta de impuestos. Entiendo que esta donación requiere una gran cantidad de confianza, por lo que deben saber que tienen mi palabra. Lo que ustedes donen, llegará a aquellos que lo necesitan. 


¿CUÁN PRONTO NECESITAMOS LOS FONDOS?

¡URGENTEMENTE! 

Este refugio seguro se cerrará si no reciben nuestra ayuda.  Su apoyo en esta causa es significativo y tangible. 

El objetivo principal es lograr que las mujeres jóvenes que actualmente buscan refugio, junto con los futuros sobrevivientes de la esclavitud sexual, no se quedan sin un lugar seguro para recuperarse de violaciones de los derechos humanos.




¿POR QUÉ TIENE VALOR? PARA MÍ, PARA TI, PARA TODOS NOSOTROS ...

El dinero es un recurso muy valioso, volviéndose cada día más preciado para nosotros. A veces, parece que gran parte de lo que sucede está fuera de nuestro control, pero me siento con la confianza de escribir esto porque realmente creo que estas donaciones marcarán una diferencia. Desde mi primer día trabajando para Alas de Colibrí, me informaron que esta organización era un lugar cálido y amable en el cual siempre se responde con amor. Lo que continúa impresionándome acerca del personal de Alas de Colibrí es su enfoque en los detalles y su constante actitud de amor y paciencia con el personal, los voluntarios y las adolescentes. El humilde personal de ACF hace todo lo que se menciona en cuanto a demostrar gracia en momentos de estrés, bondad en momentos de miedo y confusión, y una firme base en proteger los derechos humanos de las personas vulnerables.


Con gratitud y amor,

Brooke y La Fundación Alas de Colibrí
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Hello to all that have continued to be such an integral part of this campaign. We are so grateful to everyone who has donated to our cause, shared our message, or taken the time to read our story. You have allowed this foundation to stay open and in operation, and given it's dedicated team the time necessary to seek sustainability, which does not rely on government funding. Your contribution has been tangible and unforgettable in the history of our vision to restore the rights of survivors. We are so grateful to each and every person in this network of healers. We will be closing this campaign in the next several weeks in order to focus our attention on other areas of funding, and we hope to reach our new goal of $20,000 by the end of our campaign. Right now, each donation received will be matched by an anonymous donor, meaning your gift will go twice as far. We hope to continue sharing our story with you and strengthening our network. With much love, Brooke and The Hummingbird Wings Foundation.
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Hello donors! We are only $1000 away from meeting our 4 month mark. This means our efforts have kept the protection home up and running for 4 months out of our 12 month goal! That's amazing. During this trip to Ecuador, we were able to take pictures of el nido (the nest) so that you can see the home that the Alas de Colibrí foundation has created for these young women. Thank you again for all of your ongoing support.
One of the bedrooms
El comedor (The dining room)
El taller (Work and study space)
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Greetings from Ecuador!!!

On an unexpected trip to Ecuador, I found myself in the Alas de Colibrí protection house surrounded by laughter, smiles, and hugs. The house is full. When we began this campaign, the house had stopped receiving survivors, and the doors were set to close. What we have done here so far has not only allowed their doors to stay open these months, but allowed survivors to find refuge and love. This is a beautiful thing, and it is all thanks to you. We are still going strong, and I hope to share more of this visit with you all soon. We are only 10 days away from Mother's Day! I hope you will find the time to select a gift for the strong women in your life at GiveHerWings.Etsy.com, donate to our ongoing efforts, or find a way to share this story with people you love. We have already shown how we can go a long way if we work together. Thank you, for everything.
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Hello!

This is an exciting update regarding our efforts to keep the Alas de Colibrí aftercare home for young female survivors of sex trafficking open and in operation.

In just 28 days we have managed to raise over $7,000 towards our cause, and so DRUM ROLL PLEASE... we have successfully kept the protection house open for another 30 days!!!!! By raising these funds we keep these girls in their safe haven while we as a foundation work diligently to acquire sustainable funding not dependent on the government.

YOU all made this happen with your generosity and faith in our work. We are completely overwhelmed with gratitude, and excited to keep moving towards our goal!

Here are some further updates from us to you! :)

We recently raised $1000 more towards our campaign from an anonymous donor who generously donated a guitar as a contribution towards our campaign! This donor believes in the power of art and music in the healing process. We sold this guitar, and would like to express our gratitude to both the donor and Jason, the recipient of this instrument who is excited his money is going towards a good cause.

A local Chicago jeweler and good friend of mine is currently cooking up some beautiful hummingbird pendants for our cause. He has been working hard to mold, carve, cast, and finish these beautiful pieces. The hummingbird is an important symbol to this foundation, representing freedom in the fight to defend human rights. We will let you know as soon as these beauties are ready!

We will be hosting a Mother's Day gift of giving campaign. Mother's day is a precious holiday to express to your Mother or any woman who you feel has made an impact on your growth and life. Many girls who are sold into sex slavery become pregnant and are forced to raise their child alone, without many of the resources we use to build our own families.

I often spent time with the babies in the nest, supporting their young mothers in any way I could. This campaign will be in honor of them and in honor of all the mothers out there who courageously fight to raise their children safely. Stay tuned.

Please know that we are thinking of ways to say thank you to our donors and to share our message with more folks. We hope to create a network of healers through this campaign who truly feel they have a voice in the fight for human rights. Please always feel free to share any of your ideas with us, we are overjoyed with the prospect of collaborating with you on this campaign.

Thank you again for chosing to make a difference in the lives of others. It’s really quite moving. <3

Brooke
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