Free To Shine believes in the power of an education – we believe children should be in schools, not brothels. Established in 2010, Free To Shine was built on the voices of 200 survivors that our founder and Managing Director, Nicky Mih, had the privilege of volunteering with.
“When I asked survivors who had been rescued, how I could help, I was hardly prepared for their answer. I thought they’d want something straight-forward and easy to provide, but they didn’t want anything for themselves! They just wanted for no other girl to go through the horrors they’d been through. They asked me to go out into the rural villages, find the girls who weren’t in school and protect them. They told me if these young girls were in school they would not be trafficked.”
Free To Shine’s goal is to get half a million girls in school. This means half a million girls having access to clean drinking water, adequate shelter, seeds for their gardens and all the necessary supplies to attend school.
We are not just a scholarship program, we are a human rights organisation..
Rery was 8 years old when Free To Shine found her. Her and grandma lived outside on a wooden bed wrapped in plastic and they were getting wet every time it rained. The first time we met Rery she told us, “I sometimes borrow a neighbour’s bike and cycle to the school. I stand outside the gate looking in at the children learning in the classroom and I hope that one day maybe I too can sit inside the classroom.”
Free To Shine enrolled Rery in school, supplied her with uniforms and shoes, a bicycle and a bag full of books and pens. We then built Rery and her grandma a small house of their own. As with every girl on our program, we visit Rery every month to ensure she is in school and staying safe. Rery loves school and is thriving. Sponsor a girl like Rery!
“The impact our program has had on our girls and their families has surpassed even our own expectations. We’re so very proud of Free To Shine, not just of what we do, but how we do it and the energy on which the organisation is built.” – Nicky Mih, Founder and Managing Director.
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