2727 Indian Creek Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33140
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013
Each year, Before the Knot teams up with our valued partners throughout the Miami area to put on a great party with an even greater cause. This year, we want to highlight an organization that is not only special to us, but relevant to the majority of our female clients. For this reason, we have partnered with The Somaly Mam Foundation, an organization that works to eradicate modern-day slavery and promote female empowerment as a whole. Somaly Mam is a human rights activist, bestselling author, and survivor of sex slavery who was born into a tribal minority family in Cambodia, and sold into slavery at the age of 12. She was forced to work in a brothel alongside other women and children, being brutally tortured and raped on a daily basis. Somaly was eventually able to escape from her captors, but she vowed to never forget those left behind.Since her escape, she has devoted her life to saving victims, building shelters, and empowering survivors through employment and making new life choices. She focuses on building emotional and economic strength in each survivor, so they can withstand the world ahead and face the future with a sense of hope.In 2007, the Somaly Mam Foundation was established- a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting anti-trafficking efforts in Southeast Asia. The foundation works to engage governments, corporations, and individuals in a multilateral solution-driven approach to end human trafficking.The practice of sex trafficking is a complicated and uncomfortable global issue that many leaders and individuals have chosen to ignore the severity of. Being that it is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, with over two million women and children sold into slavery each year, it is imperative we understand that ignorance is not bliss.Join us in opening our eyes to modern-day slavery and working to empower not only the brave survivors, but all women and children around the world. We ask that each invitee make a kind donation to the Somaly Mam Foundation in the amount that you wish to contribute. $2 Can provide a survivor of sex trafficking with a day’s worth of nutritious meals with meat, vegetables, and rice.$4 Can support one young survivor’s school expenses for one month.$10 Can supply one survivor with the hygiene supplies she would use in one month.$20 Can buy a school uniform for a young survivor.$50 Can cover one young survivor’s expenses to attend a state public school for one year OR can suppot three nutritious meals with meat, vegetables, and rice for a center resident for one month.$250 Can support social and recreational activities for adult residents of one Cambodia center for a month.$330 Can support one month’s worth of social and recreational activities for the youngest survivors of sex trafficking living at the Kampong Cham Center.$500 Can support one month’s worth of health and hygiene supplies for all of the survivors living in a Cambodia rehabilitation center.$600 Can support one year’s worth of nutritious meals for a survivor living in a center in Cambodia.
More information can be found at http://www.somaly.org/somaly-mam
Minimum Donation $10