Thanks to the generosity of our friends who donate bras and financial gifts! This page highlights partners who have made significant contributions to our mission to provide economic empowerment through job opportunities to survivors of sex trafficking in developing countries.
Free The Girls currently has programs in Mozambique, Uganda, and El Salvador. Because of the diversity of cultures, national laws and logistics, each program is unique, specifically tailored to be the most effective within the societal framework of each country.
Our longest-running program is Free The Girls Mozambique with Free The Girls co-founder Dave Terpstra and Mozambique Project Director Leonor on the ground. This location is entirely self-sufficient and has the highest number of women participating in the program. Because of the women’s significant need for basic education, this site offers basic literacy classes as well as job skills training.
Due to a change in legislation forbidding street vendors shortly after launching, Free The Girls Uganda Project Director Nivas came up with the brilliant solution of an actual for-profit store. This shop employs survivors referred to us by Rahab Uganda and Kwagala Project, offering employment while simultaneously providing the women with real-life experience in setting up and running their own shop.
Our first Central American program is run by program partners Jon and Danielle Snyder at Mission to El Salvador. This non-profit has incorporated Free The Girls model into their rehabilitative and reintegrative programs for survivors of trafficking. Free The Girls employment program complements Mission to El Salvador’s other aftercare services including counseling and skills training.
Corporate Sponsors & Service Providers
In 2012, LR International generously donated shipping of our first container of over 32,000 bras from the U.S. to Mozambique! LRI continues to donate storage of thousands of bras in between overseas shipments, and provides invaluable advice, guidance and technical support for all of our shipping needs.
LRI’s incredible gift, combined with your generous contributions, enabled us to replenish inventory for the women already in the program and give more survivors a flexible, sustainable way to support themselves while they go to school and recover from the atrocities they’ve endured.
Confluence Family Office
Confluence generously donates its accounting services to Free the Girls.
A Family Office consolidates the management of individuals, families, and their wealth. Family Offices can perform a number of functions, from tax planning, estate planning, investment management, and even concierge services.
Duneland Community Church
Duneland Community Church in Chesterton, Indiana began partnering with Free The Girls in 2012 allowing us to use their facilities as the receiving point for all bra donations to Free The Girls. Inventory and Pastoral Director Greg Arthur, Inventory Manager Pam Gumns, and their team of volunteers from the Chesterton area receive, sort, box, seal, and store all donated bras in preparation for sending the bras overseas to our partner programs. All donated bras should be sent to Free The Girls, 1552 Pioneer Trail, Chesterton, IN 46304. Learn more about Duneland Community Church here: http://www.dunelandchurch.org
The Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, is a network of independent American and international volunteer organizations. In March 2014, FAWCO selected Free The Girls as their Target Project: Human Rights for Women. FAWCO is a US 501(c)(3) registered charity. Learn more at www.FAWCO.org
The FAWCO Foundation serves as the fundraising body for FAWCO’s Target Project. The FAWCO Foundation is a US 501(c)(3) registered charity. Learn more at www.fawcofoundation.org
Bra Recyclers purchases bras from us which are not resellable because they are torn, stained, etc…
Ampere customers are able to include their gently used bras when they return their additional sizes to the NYC-based lingerie company. The bras will be donated to Free The Girls. “We decided to reach out to Free the Girls, because we love what the organization stands for and we want to help young women all over the world feel empowered and independent through lingerie,” says Jiabei Chen and Yun Ah Lee, Ampere’s co-founders. “Since we already include a pre-paid return label with every order, we thought it would be a great opportunity for our customers to clean out their lingerie drawers and donate to a great cause! We are extremely excited about this partnership.” Visit Ampere’s Website
The Next Level Church
TNL is a community of followers of Jesus Christ that are together being changed by God to change the world. We meet every Tuesday to create at safe and sacred space where you can connect and reconnect with God and His Church. At TNL you are accepted just as you are – whatever your place in life or faith.
Brandi Galuzzi Design
I love art and always have. As a kid I’d doodle to my heart’s content and now I do it for a living! I’ve been working in the graphic design field for 7 years now. The reason I keep doing what I do is because I have a deep desire to create art that inspires good, whether its with paint or Photoshop. I do everything from branding and wedding invites to illustration and paintings.
We order our fair trade Free The Girls branded-shirts from Printed Threads, a growing company deep in the heart of Texas. Printed Threads knows how to deliver the right product at the right time, and to custom tailor every order to meet the customer’s needs. Find out more at http://www.printedthreads.com/about.html
Donating her time and artistic skill to Free the Girls, Jenn Merrick was the official event photographer for our annual fundraising gala, BRAlapalooza, in 2013 and 2014,
Focus and Frame Photography
Linley Wilson and Courtney Coolidge have a love for photography that shows in their work. They joined the Free The Girls team in 2014 when, after squeezing us in to their busy schedule, turned around edits in less than 48 hours! Learn more about this dynamic duo by visiting their website Focus and Frame Photography.
Soroptimist across the United States have supported Free The Girls with bra drives and financial support.
SI Kachinas in Glendale, Arizona was the first Soroptimist club to ever hold a bra drive in November 2010; they now hold an annual bra drive and, in 2013, awarded a club grant. SI Anacortes, Washington; SI Chico, California; SI Florence, Oregon; SI Hamilton, Montana; SI La Conner, Washington; SI Moses Lake, Washington; and SI Illiana, Chicago and Northwest Indiana, have also made substantial financial contributions.
Rotarians across the United States have supported Free the Girls with bra drives and donations. In particular, the clubs from Rotary District 5190 in Northern Nevada and Northern California held a district wide bra drive in 2013 which resulted in the collection of over 9,000 bras!
Greenwood Community Church
When we ask people why they have chosen Greenwood Community Church, they often answer: “because it feels like something is happening here.” We hope that is your experience too. Greenwood can be summed up pretty simply: we love Jesus and care about people.
Kelly Stayart loves making people smile. Her photography style is fun and whimsical. She specializes in capturing people in the most natural of moments. She enthusiastically joined the Free The Girls family in 2015. Check out Kelly’s portfolio on Facebook at KellyBob Photography.
The National Women’s Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE) is a volunteer operated national 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization working to inform, educate and prevent violence and exploitation against women and children nationally and internationally. They have supported Free The Girls since 2012 through networking, expertise, bra collections and awareness. Find out more at http://nwcave.org/.