Volunteers are the Best!

I want to take a moment to say Thank You to two amazing people.  Russell and Stacey. These two people 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!


A Note From Chrissy Duke, Beauty For Ashes President

This year has been so incredibly exciting for Beauty for Ashes.  In order to begin our work in Morocco, we have launched two projects in two different cities! 

In Fes this past January, Lauren Spiewak, our Founder, opened our crisis center for at risk girls and has started research projects on the issue of human trafficking in Morocco.  In Casablanca, Charlotte Kimmel and I have put in motion education and awareness initiatives with at-risk groups, civil services, and with the general public.  In both cities we are doing outreach in the community, specifically working with at-risk girls in government placement centers.  I also have been given the honor of the role of President for BFA.  

Many of you may not know me so let me take the opportunity to introduce myself.  I am Chrissy Duke and I am the new president of Beauty For Ashes. I have lived in Casablanca, Morocco for 7 years with my family.  I genuinely look forward to what is ahead in the future of Beauty For Ashes.  Our vision to prevent human trafficking and restore victims in North Africa to the beauty and dignity intended to all humanity is not only possible, but it is already beginning to happen.  This past year has been a whirlwind of activity to bring justice, freedom, and restoration - and it has only just begun.  

We at BFA want to spread the hope of human rights across North Africa by starting in the strategic country of Morocco.  Morocco is unique in its location to fight human trafficking.  It stands as one of the 5 main trade routes from all of Africa into Europe and the rest of the world.  With the country being the closest in proximity to Europe, it has become a place of mass transit for traffickers.  It doesn't just lie in transit though. Morocco is also a source and destination for trafficking.  This country is also unique in that in 2016 it passed a law prohibiting human trafficking, which is one of the first of its kind in countries across North Africa (within whom the rest of the trade routes exist) and so it gives us a unique opportunity to set a precedent for freedom.  There are currently no other non-profits focusing on anti-human trafficking in this region.

We seek to prevent human trafficking by beginning with awareness and education.  The conversation of what is considered slavery must be heard and changed, and so we are working in schools, universities, civil services, and with the general public to help develop an understanding of the issue of human trafficking and how we all have a role to play in the fight against it. There are no expendable characters.  We also opened a crisis center in Fes this past January for girls whom the government has determined at-risk to human trafficking.  The girls are placed in our center and receive housing, vocational training, counseling, and transitional assistance into society.  

Our hope for the future is to create jobs for at-risk people through socially responsible businesses.  We also hope to increase human trafficking prevention and rescue by aiding in training for lawyers, policy makers, and law-enforcement on how to implement the recently passed law in Morocco.

The need can seem overwhelming, and it cannot be met by one means - it must be fought on all fronts, from the government, civil services, religious institutions, and the general public.  We all have a role to play. 

In order to impact this world and bring freedom to the captives, we need you to invest your gifts, your talents, your money, and your hearts for the people who live in darkness. 

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