S E V E N L Y
There is a new organization that I am going nuts for. It’s called SEVENLY. Sevenly is a for-profit organization that donates $7 (for each purchased item) to the cause that they support. Because it’s for-profit, Sevenly is able to cover the operating expenses which in return work to better the organization as a whole rather than having restrictions as a non-profit organization. As a for profit, Sevenly has more freedom in giving internationally, investing in developing communities, and more agility to move money quickly to the people who need it. Being a for-profit organization is what keeps Sevenly alive and is what will make sure it will STAY alive in the years to come. The dollars they make go toward Blank Tees & Hoodies (fair trade), Screen Printing Cost, Shipping Costs, Cause Cards, Shipping Bags, Garment Labels, Folding Fees, Payroll, Rent at their Headquarters, Utilities, Marketing Costs, Legal and Accounting Fees, Artist Fees, Office Supplies, Office Furniture (desks, chairs, etc.), Computers, and many other costs that go into running a successful organization. You know exactly where the rest of your purchase money is going which makes it so easy to give. Each week, Sevenly partners up with a new non-profit organization that people can learn about and donate to.
2 weeks ago, Sevenly was sponsoring a cause for North Korean refugees from an organization called LINK. I watched the video and it tugged on my heart strings so I just had to take action. I purchased a T-shirt and a documentary so that I could learn more about whats going on. After anxiously waiting, my package made it’s way to me today!! I loved the outside packaging. It was a nice touch. I’ll be wearing my T-shirt proud knowing that I helped fund a rescue mission.
To learn more about Sevenly: http://www.sevenly.org/
More about L I N K :
“Liberty in North Korea is dedicated to redefining North Korea by focusing on the people while rescuing and providing resettlement support to the North Korean refugees and pursuing an end to the North Korean crisis.
North Korea is home to one of the world’s most tragic yet ignored crises today.
Government mismanagement of food has left 33 percent of the population undernourished; freedoms of speech, press, assembly, association, movement and religion are prohibited; and up to 200,000 “violators” are overworked, tortured, raped and executed in six political prison camps.
In search of food, work and freedom, tens of thousands of North Koreans have fled into neighboring China, where 70-90% of female refugees become trafficked and children born to North Korean women and Chinese fathers become “stateless” – left with no paperwork or protection.
As refugees must remain in hiding from the Chinese authorities who will send them back to punishment ranging from detention, forced labor to even execution, North Koreans flee to Southeast Asia where they seek friendlier countries that allow them to safely resettle in third countries.
Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) is the only full-time grassroots organization in North America devoted to the North Korean human rights and humanitarian crises. LiNK provides protection and aid to North Korean refugees hiding in China and, utilizing a modern-day underground railroad through Southeast Asia, rescues refugees and helps them to reach freedom. LiNK’s global grassroots movement works to redefine public perception on North Korea, shifting attention away from the politics and onto the people, and provides a way for concerned citizens to come alongside the North Korean people and help bring about positive change. LiNK also works to develop people-focused strategies that will have the potential to promote change inside North Korea in the long term”.
A W A R E N E S S :
“The North Korean people face the most repressive regime in the world. Human rights and humanitarian crises have gone on for years but traditional international attention on North Korea has focused on issues of high politics; nuclear weapons, international politics, and intrigue into the regime leadership. The North Korean people, as far as they are shown, appear as goose-stepping soldiers or fanatic regime loyalists. This has contributed to an image of North Korea which is over-politicized and locked in an unchanging and hopeless stalemate.
This traditional view does not help move the issue forward, and it does nothing to help the North Korean people. The incredible challenges facing the North Korean people are left ignored, and their resilience and dynamism as they struggle to overcome these challenges and drive change inside the country remains unknown.
We believe that if we can change this picture and focus our attention on the North Korean people, instead of the high politics, we can reveal a story of strength and resilience in the face of extraordinary challenges, and also the hope for change which we already see happening at the level of the people.
Our awareness efforts exist to redefine North Korea so that public perception shifts from the politics to the people, in order to mobilize concerned citizens to support the North Korean people as they realize their potential to drive change inside the country”.
To learn more about about LINK: http://libertyinnorthkorea.org/
I’ve always felt compelled to help others. Hopefully by reading this you will too!
Hope you can join me in making a difference.