Hope is the underlying concept for the store. While in Rwanda, one of the reasons I was so passionate about buying hand bags from the Anglican Vocational School was to help women support their families to keep them from falling prey to human trafficking.
Although the store will be filled with locally made product, there will be a selection of items made in Rwanda to continue the scholarship program. Supporting local efforts to end human trafficking is also a priority as the pulse of Shoppe 561 is hope.
Locally my church created Hope for Freedom in 2010 to raise awareness, build partnerships and bring hope and restoration to victims of modern day slavery, both locally and around the world. Recently, the first safe house for minor girls rescued from human trafficking was opened (built) in South East Florida by Hope for Freedom.
Knowing it is the responsibility of every local business to give back to the community, every item sold at Shoppe 561 will contribute towards supporting the South Florida organizations focused on ending human trafficking.
- Not For Sale Campaign and Love 146 are working together towards the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation through prevention and aftercare solutions, and contributing to a growing abolition movement.
- The Polaris Project conducts direct outreach and victim identification, provides social services, transitional housing to victims, and operates the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC). The NHTRC hotline number is 1-888-3737-888. Anyone can call from anywhere in the U.S. to report potential or suspected human trafficking activity.
- International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.
- The A21 Campaign stands for abolishing injustice in the 21st century. Anyone can join - everyone can make a difference.
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