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Awareness around sex trafficking is rising around the world. As this movement grows, people have been asking us, “What can I do to help survivors of sex trafficking?”


Hearing this question warms our hearts. Every person has a role to play in this fight. Every person can know the signs of sex trafficking and be prepared to step in. Every person can get involved by supporting a survivor aftercare organization like Uncaged. These are concrete steps that every person who wants to heal survivors of sex trafficking can take!


Beyond these ideas, we have seen that God has already given individual people talents that can help to heal survivors. Sometimes, they hide in plain sight. Hobbies that seem ordinary can be extraordinarily powerful for unlocking transformation!


One of our donors, who we will call “Gigi,” heard about Uncaged from a longtime family friend. When she learned about the horrors of sex trafficking, she immediately knew she wanted to take action. She got involved supporting Uncaged. Then, she wanted to go deeper. At first, she didn’t know how.


“I’m a retired executive from the corporate world,” she says, “I was thinking to myself, ‘what can I do for these people.’”


All the while, she was creating beautiful greeting cards in her free time. Years earlier, Gigi entered a card-making shop and was fascinated by the intricate paper designs on display. She picked up a multi-layered, embossed nutcracker card and inspected it wonderingly. Soon after, she signed up for a class to learn how to make that same card.

“I made a dozen of those cards,” Gigi laughs. “I realized that paper made me happy.”


Gigi decided to make cards with words of encouragement for survivors. Survivors have often received few tokens of affection in their lives. These beautiful cards were designed to brighten their days and give hope. She even took it upon herself to translate the messages into survivors’ languages!


Then, Gigi took it a step further. “I heard Kim and the trauma therapy team start talking about art therapy. They were saying that even the act of working with your hands, of doing creative activities, could rewire some of the trauma for survivors and give them relief.”


The idea struck: what if Gigi could create card-making kits for survivors to use as art therapy materials? She reached out to us to confirm it. This tactile activity would be perfect for the trauma-therapy program.


Now, Gigi has created dozens of card-making kits for survivors as part of her “Hey Beautiful” series. Each kit contains the card design, the materials for creating it, and step by step instructions for how to bring the card to life. The cards contain messages of hope and encouragement for survivors in their own languages. The cards range from basic styles to exquisite and finely detailed pieces.

“I love knowing that survivors make these and can feel proud of themselves,” Gigi shares. “On a personal level, it makes me feel even more connected to these courageous women and girls. Cards are about reaching out to people and touching them. In today’s world, reaching out to a person with something you’ve made is one of the most powerful things in the world.”


Gigi firmly believes everyone has a talent to bring to anti-trafficking work.


“I really believe that we all have a chance to be a part of this movement in different ways,” she states. “Everybody has something that they’re interested in that could be helpful to survivors. We take so many things for granted that might be new and wonderful to a survivor.”


Together, we are unlocking transformation for thousands of survivors. All it takes is people like you and Gigi combining our gifts and determination to be the key to freedom!


If you are ready to deepen your engagement and bring healing to survivors, please click here today or email us.

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Updated: Sep 30, 2020

I wanted to share an encouraging story of hope with you today. It comes from Romania and a little girl who visited our Sanctuary. Earlier this year, we hosted a birthday party for our local mayor’s son at The Sanctuary. There were several children running through the forests and enjoying nature. Off to the side stood an 11-year-old girl, *Daniela. She wasn’t interacting or talking with anyone. Our European Director asked a few people about her, and they pointed him to a village woman that had brought her along. The kind woman explained that this little girl had been severely abused by her father for years. She was then passed off to uncles and other men who did the same. As a result of the trauma she had developed some special needs.

Our director noticed Daniela heading over to one of our miniature ponies, or equine therapists, as we like to call them. She began to interact with the pony. She was kissing the ponies’ noses and talking to them. Her guardian asked, “What is going on over there?” Our director replied, “she is talking to the ponies."

The woman said back, “No... she doesn’t speak.”

They went over to Daniela and heard her sweetly whispering to the pony. “I love this pony. This is my best friend. What is his name?” Daniela asked.

“Raphael.”

“What a beautiful name. I love you pony. Would you like to be my best friend? I promise I’ll take care of you and I’ll come back to visit you.” Stunned, Daniela's guardian turned to our director and said, “I don’t understand what is going on here.”

Our director responded, “This is therapy." He asked if he could take a picture. Daniela said “Yes, and please send it to my grandma and tell her I’m safe. I am safe because this pony is strong!

We love this! Equine therapy, also known as Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT), is a treatment that includes equine activities and/or an equine environment in order to promote physical, occupational, and emotional growth. Equine Therapy can help the individual build confidence, self- efficiency, communication, trust, perspective, social skills, impulse control, and learn boundaries. It will serve as a core facet of our trauma-informed healing program. What a joy and blessing it is that our first Sanctuary came with 15 miniature ponies!

Your support and encouragement has brought this healing environment to life. Here's to hundreds, even thousands of stories like Daniela's.

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Updated: Sep 30, 2020

Hi Friends,


As our world-class trauma therapy program takes place, I want to highlight a key element of healing: families.


Every survivor will live with a host family after their initial 6 weeks of stabilization. Doing so accelerates survivors’ healing and maximizes our use of the first Sanctuary. Survivors re-integrate into the real world quickly. It helps them taste freedom as soon as possible, while still getting the support they need to heal. Using this rhythm, we’ll be able to serve 400 survivors and host families in our first year of operating once travel bans lift.


Hearing how hosting a survivor transforms and blesses host families fills my heart to the brim. When I was in Romania this past January, I shared a meal with Snowy’s forever family. What her new father shared with me nearly brought me to tears.


Snowy’s new dad is the pastor of 3 small churches in Romania and the owner of a small construction business. When I asked how adopting Snowy had changed them, this is what he had to say:


“We had a life but we were not fulfilled as a family. We had thoughts and goals and dreams just like everybody else. But I always felt unaccomplished and unfulfilled.


I had been praying and asking, ‘Lord what else can I do to really fulfill the purpose you have for us?’


And then I looked back and reviewed the movie of my life. I remembered all the troubles I went through, all the things I didn’t have. I was orphaned at the age of 3. There were nights when I didn’t have anything to eat.


Then I understood what the Lord wanted from me. I realized as a former orphan that my purpose was to find joy in accepting someone into our home. God wanted me to offer another child what I did not have growing up: a parent’s love.


Soon after, Snowy came into our lives. Ever since you brought her to our home, our family has been different. God worked through you, and you came along at the right time. You have helped us see and to live out what God wants us to do.”


I was speechless for a moment. I knew giving survivors loving relationships would unlock their transformation. God was multiplying that transformation in ways I could never imagine!


I’ve had countless experiences like this one. Every step we take cascades in dozens of unexpected ways that bring hope and healing. I’m realizing that’s embedded in who we’re going to be at Uncaged. We hold the keys to freedom. All we need to do is open the door, and a wave of unbelievable transformation is going to pour out.


Right now, the most important way to secure this foothold for restoration is by owning the first Sanctuary. We only need $450,000 in order to completely own this center for holistic healing.


We each have a role to play in unleashing freedom across the world. And along the way, we get to fulfill our own God-given purposes, too.

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