Karma for Cara Microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 and under working to better their communities. Read about our microgrant recipient, Yadi, a 17-year-old who founded “Save the Victims”. “Save the Victims” compiles care packages to send to victims of human trafficking.
1. What inspired to start “Save the Victims”?
At age eleven, I remember hearing one of the pastors at my church introducing the A21 campaign to the entire church. This is the day I first found out there is still slavery all over the world. When I first thought of slavery at that age, I thought of the Atlantic Trade Triangle, the underground railroad, and Martin Luther King Jr. After much research, I learned more about the Black Market. I learned there were 27 million slaves at that time, most under the age of 16, being abused, raped, and stripped of life. I decided that bringing hope to enslaved people all over the world was a great place to start and a problem more people needed to know about. What many people do not realize is that some victims are never rescued, but even the ones that are rescued don’t just go back to having normal lives. By informing more people about this problem and inspiring them to help stop human trafficking, more of these rescued victims will be given a new life, or even just a spark of hope.
2. Why is your work important to you?
Every goal and second of my life goes towards my main goal of finding hope for those who feel hopeless. I, like many people, have lost hope in family and purpose, but overcame the burden through Christianity. No one deserves to live his or her life in pain and sadness. As a younger girl I decided to focus on ending human trafficking. Although the world is plagued with world hunger, cancer, and pollution, what many people do not focus on is the rapid growth of slavery. I am determined to help end modern day slavery.
3. How did the money from the microgrant help with your project?
This microgrant was helpful in many ways. I was able to buy sufficient amount of items and more for the packages. Making care packages requires a lot of money, that would have taken a lot longer to raise than the little time I had. People that know about my organization will now trust the determination I have for ending human trafficking, and will be willing to give me money in the future to continue my project. I thank those that have made this project possible. I learned about the importance of community service, victims in houston were given hope, and the middle school students have one more reason to change the world for the better.
4. What message of giving back do you have for others
Community service is a great way for people to not only volunteer for credit hours in school, but to engage and learn about what they are volunteering for. These middle school students learned about human trafficking. The community service allowed them to feel apart of the impact of ending human trafficking. This seems to leave a greater effect than having to listen to a ten minute presentation. Many may say giving back is done in a selfish way. I cannot say this is wrong, but I can say, if it is being selfish, then being selfish is good if those I am giving to are benefiting and given a better life because of it.