Touch A Life X EB: Empowering Together

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It’s Human Trafficking Awareness Month

That’s why on Monday, January 9th, 20% of all online sales at earthboundtrading.com benefit Touch A Life. It doesn’t matter if you buy a bag, a salt lamp, or new canvas art!

20% of your online purchase goes directly back to Touch A Life, so they can continue to improve the lives of formerly trafficked children.

Rescue. Restore. Renew.

What is Touch A Life (TAL)?

Touch A Life (TAL) is a nonprofit organization that works to rescue and empower exploited children in Vietnam, Cambodia and Ghana. Unfortunately, children in impoverished countries often fall victim to forced labor. Through the healing powers of art and a robust care center, TAL works to give trafficked children a second chance at life.

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Ghana, West Africa

How Does TAL Help?

Touch A Life operates Ghana’s ONLY full functioning, long-term rehabilitative care center. This care center is currently home to 74 children who have been rescued from forced labor and exploitation. While living here, the children receive private tutoring so they can learn the skills they need to attend traditional school. For some, this may be the first time they attend a school of any kind.

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While many children will go on to traditional schooling after their time at the care center, some youth will find a better fit for their futures by pursuing vocational opportunities. Thankfully, Touch A Life created Life Academy for young adults who need resources and training to become successful employees and entrepreneurs.

Life Academy

Launched in February 2016, the pilot Life Academy program currently serves eight students in their early twenties.

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During core Life Academy sessions, the students cover topics such as work-appropriate dress, opening a checking and savings account, personal health care, and the best practices for job interviews. You know, adult things.  Nana Amoako-Anin, owner of Bliss Yoga Accra, serves as Life Academy’s Program Director and as an encouraging coach for each student. Nana works closely with each student to identify passions and skills in order to narrow his or her career options. By the time students graduate from Life Academy, they will have participated in at least two job interviews in their chosen fields with job placement as the ultimate goal.

Sewing Collective at the Life Academy

In addition to meeting with Nana at Bliss Yoga, Life Academy students agree to participate in a 12-week Sewing Collective. The students work one day per week at Eunimak Fashions Headquarters with the head seamstress and owner, Eunice. She guides them through the basics of sewing and by the end of the program, students are creating items like these rich and vibrant Mud Cloth Bags, and Batik Fabrics. This part of the program is designed as an introduction to working for a small business owner, as well as working with a team toward a common goal.

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Eunice teaching Happy, one of the TAL student artisans
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Eunice and Ebenezer

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Earthbound has partnered with Touch A Life to empower these young artisans and to give them a chance to prepare for their future. 50% of sales from the Mud Cloth Bags and Batik Fabrics go directly back to the students at the Life Academy’s Sewing Collective. When you buy a handmade Mud Cloth Bag or Batik Fabric, you’re doing more than getting a textile. You’re giving a young student the opportunity to do something with their life, to become something.0Z2A0479

“You must be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi

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Ready to Empower?

SHOP >>> Hand Sewn Mud Cloth Bags
SHOP >>> Hand Stamped Batik Fabrics

Photos Courtesy of Nancy Borowick 

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