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Limerick man’s no beer year is a charitable learning curve Limerick Leader, Dec 2016 One Limerick man is coming near the end of a year in which he set himself a very personal challenge, but it has all been in aid of a worthy cause. Michael Tynan, from Caherelly, was not adverse to a couple of pints before last New Year’s Day, but the 24-year-old social worker has given it all up for the entire year to help in the fight against child sex trafficking. Having raised just over €1,000 for the charity Free to Shine, which empowers young girls with an education, he is on the home stretch…. Read more
Empowerment not Handouts: An Inspiring Interview with Free to Shine Founder B1G1, Dec 2016 Nicky Mih’s dream is to eradicate sex trafficking. But that dream surprisingly doesn’t start with rescuing victims. It starts well before that point, through educating vulnerable girls and their families. This is something that Nicky found out through visiting and speaking with 200 girls in Cambodia who had been rescued, and soon learned no one was filling this need for prevention through education. The girls told her that many of them had dropped out of school at a very young age to help provide for their families…Read more
Sex trafficking: How to Empower with Education to Make a Lasting Change with Nicky Mih Bond Appetit, Nov 2016
Nicky Mih is the newest CALI Award winner who is fighting child sex slavery in Cambodia through her scholarship programme. Free To Shine was founded in June 2010 after Nicky spent a month with more than 200 survivors of child sex slavery. The approach and philosophy was not to rescue or fix but to empower through education. They wanted survivors to be able to attend university, and they wanted every young girl to be protected from the horrors of being trafficked…. Read more
Nicky Mih – Winner of the CALI Award Five Point Five, Oct 2016
The CALI Award is awarded to inspiring, awesome people who are creating positive change. We bring you every day heroes, who are making the world a better place. Our newest CALI Award winner is Nicky Mih, who is fighting child sex slavery in Cambodia, through her scholarship program. Free To Shine was founded in June 2010, after Nicky spent a month with more than 200 survivors of child sex slavery….. Read more
Empowering Girls to Become Leaders ProBono Australia, July 2016
Free To Shine started after Mih, who always wanted to work with women or girls on an issue, spent a month with more than 200 survivors of child sex slavery. The organisation identifies girls at high risk of being targeted by traffickers, and gives them a uniform, a bike, a bag filled with books and pens, and visits them regularly to keep them safe and in school. The long-term goal is to help these girls become leaders in their communities. In this week’s Changemaker, Mih talks about getting the girls in school before the traffickers get them into brothels, the many unexpected issues that go with that, why all humanity has a responsibility to help, and how “all that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing”…. Read more.
Free To Shine Development Circle, June 2016 Free To Shine was established to empower through education to prevent sex trafficking. We keep girls most at risk in school by helping them achieve their five essential human rights. These are; freedom from slavery; access to education; access to safe drinking water; enough food to not be hungry; and adequate shelter…. Read more
Women Who Are Leading the Way – Free To Shine Films for Action, March 2016 This International Women’s Day we celebrate three women who are leading the way in rural Cambodia. Watch our video to meet Koem Toch, Nim Mao and Choung Hach. Koem Toch helps navigate complicated relationship issues such as domestic violence. “I help my community to solve their problems. I am the person who will take a pregnant woman to the health centre or provincial hospital when she is having her baby. I teach them not to be afraid to ask for help from medical staff.”… Read more
Free To Shine Expands! Mornington Peninsula Magazine, Feb 2016. Local Mornington non-profit Free To Shine are expanding their education program. The main office in Siem Reap has enrolled over 550 rural Cambodian girls into their program, which puts at-risk girls back in school to stop them from being targeted by sex traffickers. They are now in the beginning stages of opening a second office in Battambang, Cambodia which is close to the Thai border… Read more.
Nicky Mih’s Freedom to Shine – Saving Girls from Sex Slavery Verandah Magazine, August 2015.
When Nicky Mih established her human rights organisation Free To Shine, in 2010, it was with a view to ending the sex trafficking of young girls in rural Cambodia. She followed a simple core idea: “‘It starts with you’,” says Mih, CEO of Free To Shine, “that’s the simple truth.” Mih, the CEO of Free To Shine, spent a month in Cambodia with more than 200 survivors of sex slavery, and was determined to try to help: “I kept reading these harrowing stories about girls in the sex trade and it got to the point that I had to act, I had to do something to help,” she says… Read more.
A Dark Day for Torah Bright Dancing with the Stars, 2014
Dancing for Free to Shine, Torah not only raised money for her chosen charity but she also learned a new skill with dance partner Robbie Kmetoni. “This journey has been absolutely incredible. I’ve loved bringing awareness to Free to Shine. Torah might have missed out on the shiny mirror ball trophy but she now has her sights set on gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics. “It’s not the way I saw my dance journey ending but I have to make sure I’m ready to get on my snowboard as soon as I can.”… Read more
Free To Shine – Community Grant Update Good Money Magazine, 2013.
Free to Shine was on e of Australian Ethical’s 2013 Community Gran t recipients. It is a humanitarian organisation , founded in Australia, which works in collaboration with communities and local governments in Cambodia. We interviewed its CEO, Nicky Mih to find out how the organisation ’s been getting on and what its got planned for 2014… Read more.