Freecember, What is it?

Freedom + December =

one month of focused fundraising for your favorite anti-human trafficking / anti-modern slavery non-profit.

It’s people anywhere raising funds for their favorite anti-trafficking charities everywhere.

(And Freecember is totally free!)

GIVE. RAISE. LEAD. FREEDOM!

 

How can you get involved? 

1.  Look here for teams you can join: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign-search/bfa-medical-funds?context=join

2.  Make your own challenge and/or build a team: https://charity.gofundme.com/fundraise-and-volunteer/signup/campaign-create/bfa-medical-funds?onecampaign=1
---what could this be?  It can be anything you've been wanting to do lately, like give up coffee, feed the homeless, spend less time on your phone, wear more comfortable clothes, do more art, exercise more, etc.  The options are endless.

3. Like us on social media and then Share BFA's posts about this opportunity on your social media!
our facebook : https://www.facebook.com/beautyforashesafrica/
our instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/beautyforashesafrica/

ALSO, Giving Tuesday is during the month of DECEMBER, and we can have every dollar donated DOUBLED by Facebook on Giving Tuesday!  Make sure to put this on your calendar that Dec 3, starting at 8am EST every dollar donated could be doubled by Facebook up to 7 million!  We will have a post on our fb page that has a donate button!!

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Walk For Freedom

On October 19, 2019 the largest global effort to bring awareness to human trafficking occurred!

In 2017 I was invited to bring the Walk For Freedom to one of the countries in North Africa.

What is the Walk For Freedom?  This is an annual walk that brings awareness to the issue of human trafficking to countries all over the world!  A21 started this movement and it is incredible to see the impact around the world it has to shedding light on such a dark subject to all corners of the globe.

I was honored to try and make this happen!  I made incredible progress in the accomplishing that goal when only given one month to do it!  Keep in mind things don't move at the same pace in North Africa as they do in western culture, so progress in one month for such a big goal was a huge success!  During the process, I was able to meet many officials who were encouraging of such a work that included a very sensitive and shameful subject like Human Trafficking.

One of the road blocks to actually seeing the walk for freedom take place was that A21 was not an official organization in the country, and therefore couldn't be given permission to launch such an event.  Because of this hindrance, another government official encouraged me to start an organization there that could begin fighting this injustice!  I was surprised by the encouragement because typically slavery is very touchy subject.

That suggestion launched me into a very prayerful time of what should the next steps be.  Not getting permission to do the walk was disappointing but the process opened doors to something entirely unexpected and potentially more impactful.  I decided to contact an old friend who I knew had a heart to fight human trafficking as I did.  When I called her to tell her about all of the progress, she excitedly told me she was back in North Africa and launching a transition home for girls to prevent human trafficking!!  As we talked we reminded each other of our shared passion, and she asked if I would consider joining the team.

That was how I became part of Beauty For Ashes and this incredible mission to combat slavery in North Africa, and restore beauty and dignity to all humanity!

Check out this article from Fox News on this year's Walk for Freedom:

Global walk to end human trafficking reaches millions: 'Slavery still exists'

 

-Chrissy


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!