A New Landscape of Freedom - A HUGE Announcement!

We have teased you long enough!

After nearly three years of countless emails filled with bra-math and customs questions, international text messages and FaceTimes, and, yes, tears of frustration and many prayers, we are incredibly excited to announce the opening of Free The Girls Costa Rica!

 One of the precious women in Costa Rica who will be in our program.

One of the precious women in Costa Rica who will be in our program.

Friends, the 8 women that are starting this program are incredible.  They are strong, resilient, creative, and filled with hope.  Our local partner, Face Of Justice, runs an excellent facility and program.  Here’s a quote from them on this new venture:

“We are SO EXCITED to begin offering the Free The Girls program in Costa Rica!  Costa Rica is a country of great promise and beauty with an underlying skeleton in the closet that is trafficking and the sexual exploitation of men, women, and children.  We have known so many women who were tricked into a life of prostitution and sex slavery, that financially see no way out of their current situations. 

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The ability to provide stability, training, family, and most of all HOPE to such a deeply wounded population is something we’ve been waiting for and hoping for for YEARS and will make a HUGE impact on the landscape of freedom for these women.”

The landscape of freedom for these women.

When I first read those words, I wept.  What a powerful way to phrase this idea.  A landscape is something vast – it’s not only where you stand but it’s your horizon, from the furthest point you can see all the way to where your toes touch the earth.  It’s where you are situated.  It’s all around you, it’s a way to orient yourself, a way to describe how you are positioned and where you are.

A landscape of freedom.

 A FOJ staff member with another precious woman beginning our program.

A FOJ staff member with another precious woman beginning our program.

This is what we are working towards, friends.  And this is where we are asking you to be a part of this.

Today, we are launching a fundraising campaign to get this Costa Rica program up and running for the first 12-18 months.  You all showed up for our End-of-Year Giving Campaign in a way we’ve never seen before, and because of you, 10 new women were brought into our Mozambique program.  Now is your chance to be involved in something new, something never seen before in Costa Rica.

 Quote from one of our new women in Costa Rica.  Handlettering piece from volunteer Brittany Newton

Quote from one of our new women in Costa Rica.

Handlettering piece from volunteer Brittany Newton

“I’m going to be able to move on because this is going to make me a new person.”

This is what you’re can be a part of.

We have boxes of bras ready to go.  We have 8 women poised to wake up in the morning and, instead of walking to the Red Zone in San Jose to sell their bodies, go out into the community as businesswoman and sell bras.  We have our partners, keen to walk through this new journey to this landscape of freedom with them. 

Will you join us?

We are looking for $30,000.  We have some plans in the works including a matching grant, some incentive gifts when you give a certain amount, and some other fun ideas that we will be rolling out in the next couple weeks.  But let’s start this off with a bang!  (Do note that we will still honor your gift with the incentive if you give today!)

These women are worth it. 

Be on the lookout for more information about this Costa Rica program including what the current landscape looks like for these women and how we are dreaming this new landscape of freedom pans out.

But in the meantime, click here to start this journey!