Today marks nine years of seeing women become empowered in their freedom.
Today we want to celebrate and honor -
We want to celebrate the beauty and hope and restoration we’ve seen. We want to honor the struggles, the hardship, the realities of the issue as well as the resilience of the women who have changed their lives.
We thought it’d be fun to reminisce a little here and share some of the highlights of the life of Free The Girls over the last nine years. Of course there are many many significant moments and people involved. We couldn’t possibly fit it all in this blogpost. If you’ve been a part of FTG over the years, we want to take a moment recognize our DEEP THANKS to you. We could not do this work without you!
FREE THE GIRLS TIMELINE
April 28, 2010 - Free The Girls is founded!
2010 - Mozambique program launch
February 2012 - CNN Freedom Project airs 3-part series on Free The Girls
March 2012 - Truckers Against Trafficking member Rickie Youngquist drives a truckload full of bras from Colorado to LR International in Chicago
November 2012- Bra Collection Site moves to Duneland Community Church in Chesterton, IN
January 9, 2013 - First DCC packing party is held
February 2013 - CNN Freedom Project 3-part “Mozambique or Bust” as a follow up to the 2012 series
2013 - El Salvador program launch
Jan 2014 - Uganda program launch
Dec 2016 - CNN story focusing on El Salvador
Dec 2017 - Mozambique and Uganda graduations and transitioning to independence
March 2018 - One millionth bra is collected!
2018 - Costa Rica program launched
2019 - Celebrating 9 years! Some EXCITING ventures in the works!
Check out this slideshow of some great memories over the years!
As we reflect on the last nine years and think about the next decade ahead, our hearts swell with joy and thanksgiving.
To see people of all walks of life come together to support and care about survivors of trafficking, to see women walking in freedom because of their resilience and determination, to see this beautiful mission continue to unfold….it re-ingnites our flame and get’s us even more hopeful for the future!
Thanks to all of you who have made these last nine years so special.
We believe ALL people are made to be free.
We believe in nothing less than total freedom - physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, financially.
We believe love never fails.
We believe women walking in total freedom cause families and communities to flourish for generations to come.
We believe simple acts can be extraordinary.
We believe we will see more and more lives changed in the coming years.
This week we are unveiling a new initiative that we’re super excited about! Stay tuned here or be sure to get on our mailing list if you want to be the first to hear about it!