Archive for June, 2010

New online donation option!

Posted: June 29, 2010 in Who we are

Great news!  We now have an online donation option, which you can find here.  Thanks to all of you who have already been so generous and helped us get to 85% through your tax-deductible donations!  Should we be so fortunate as to receive more donations than are needed, we will donate the remaining funds to Samaritana Transformational Ministries at the end of our year here.

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Nate and Laura Davis are two Bay Area writers who kept hearing about human trafficking and modern-day slavery, until finally they felt compelled to do something about it. They moved to the Philippines (Manila) in July of 2010, and will be there for a year of volunteer work with several organizations there working with victims of sex trafficking and prostitution. Laura is also writing a novel about sex trafficking, with the hopes that she can bring home a real depiction of this problem and inspire readers to action. You can read more about them in the About Us post.

Dear Friends,

Although we’ve been preparing for this journey for almost a year, we knew that our lives had truly become consumed by it when we were at Walgreens at 11:49 p.m. on a Thursday night getting passport photos for our visas.  With less than a month to go, initially strange things now seem almost routine: hepatitis shots, visa applications, packing most of our lives into storage bins, and letting go of more things than we bargained for almost every day.  But that was always the point of this year away, so we’re trying not to sweat it.

Thank you to all of you who have been so supportive of our somewhat crazy idea to spend this next year of our lives fighting sex trafficking in Manila.  We’ve been blessed by all of the kind words, prayers, encouragement, and financial support.  If you happen to think of us during this final countdown, we’d be grateful for your prayers and support as we 1) try to find renters for our lovely little Oakland home, and 2) do our best to fundraise the last $13,000 needed for us to be able to pull this thing off.

Thanks to everyone who attended the great even at Netivot Shalom, and we’ll hope to see you at one of the other great events featured on our site!

Nate & Laura

Fundraiser and Silent Auction for Because Justice Matters

Human Trafficking Rally in Sacramento by California Against Slavery

Attend the events, or if you can’t, tweet/post on Facebook about them to spread the word!