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New Partnership with Mushmina

Here it is... drum roll please 🥁... Our newest partnership is with Mushmina!! We couldn’t be more excited about this business!

They are just incredible- their business is driven by the economic empowerment of local female artisans in Morocco! 🇲🇦

We love their timeless fashion and incredible passion. They are donating necklaces handmade by their artisan to BFA, where 💯% of the proceeds will go to BFA. We will have these available on our website soon.

Not only that, but they are donating 10% of their proceeds from online purchases you make on their site to Beauty for Ashes!

This business is truly on 🔥 their pieces are drop dead gorgeous!

Go check them out for yourselves: www.mushmina.com


Volunteers Are the Best!

I want to take a moment to say thank you to two amazing people:  Russell and Stacey. These two have come to Morocco for the past 7 months from Texas to volunteer their time with Beauty For Ashes.  How incredibly generous is that?

Stacey and Russell immediately became dear friends to us and to our community.  They are easy to like, fun to be around, and hard workers. You can’t get much better than that!  We have been so blessed by their efforts to help our grass-roots organization find our footing and build a strong foundation.  They have quickly become integral to the BFA team, and we are so sad their time is coming to an end.

Stacey and Russell both coordinated, organized and ran activities in the girl’s detention centers.  They worked everyday of the summer camp we held in Fes. They have helped us navigate the chaos of understanding grants and filing the endless stream of documents.  They have dreamt and brainstormed big goals and visions with us, and they have given wise counsel when needed. They didn’t stop there, they have tirelessly helped on every little request we send their way, and even volunteered their time with other groups here doing amazing work in the community, such as a surf camp Kai Shapes does every summer with a local orphanage.  They are always willing to give, never complaining, and up for any adventure.

They have embraced Morocco in all its crazy cultural differences, and immersed themselves in the people and culture of our town.  They have taken the good and the bad all in stride, and trusted there was a purpose behind it all. They have patiently pursued direction on what the next steps are for them all the while wishing they could stay, but being willing to go if led.  

There are not enough words to thank them for their time, their gifts, their energy, and their passion that they have given to Beauty For Ashes.  We are blessed to have had them, and we are sad to see them go. But, we send them off with blessings and knowing wherever they land that place and those people will be given a most unexpected, wonderful gift.  

So, we say thank you to two of the most generous people!  And we know this is only see you later, because no matter where they end up next, they remain committed to staying connected and helping as we continue in our work here in Morocco.

Cheers to two people who have become some of our closest friends, and are some of the best volunteers we could ask for!

Blessings on your next adventure!


PROTECT

Protect. Part of our mission at Beauty For Ashes is to protect the vulnerable. This need for protection is met in many ways:

1. Safe housing
2. Counseling
3. Continued education
4. Job acquisition
5. Empowerment education
6. Safe Community
7. Trafficking education
8. Mentorship

There are even more to the list that come through our staff on a daily basis to ensure these girls protection. It is not just a goal to us but the importance is woven into the fabric of every decision we make.

Young girls who have fallen outside of the protective influence of their families are the most vulnerable targets for traffickers.

Beauty for Ashes seeks to teach these girls and provide for them so that they can continue their education and learn skills for gainful, productive employment.


Overwhelmed by the Human Trafficking Epidemic?

Are you overwhelmed by the scope of the human trafficking epidemic around the world? We are too.

👉🏻 Here are some things we’ve learned when it all gets to be too much.

#1 One thing at a time. The Starfish principle: there may be a million stranded starfish but when you throw one back in the ocean, it makes a difference to that one

#2 This is going to take everyone. So no matter your involvement whether big or small, it matters.

#3 Someone else is not more qualified to do this fight than you! We are all uniquely gifted and whether you have time, talent, money, or wisdom to offer, it is all important. You matter!

#4 Breathe. Give yourself a day to relax, be free. Experience freedom at its best so we remember why it is we are fighting. Freedom matters, enjoy it.

#5 Believe it’s worth it. Human beings are worth the fight and wading through the overwhelming statistics to reach that next one. Fighting when it isn’t easy is when it matters most.