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50 for 50 Day 49: International Princess Project

July 5, 2011

It’s my 50th Birthday Celebration, Day 49. Here’s what this is all about, for the 49th time: because I feel so lucky and have pretty much everything I could ever need, I am asking people to get involved with charities, if they are so inspired, in lieu of any fabulous birthday presents you were planning on sending me (or not).

I am featuring a different charity every day for 50 days leading up to my 50th birthday to give you plenty of chances to get involved. I started on May 18. I wanted to give a voice to different good works around the globe. If you ARE inspired to take action, please leave me a comment and let me know that you did. This is all I want for my birthday – to spread some love and kindness. One thousand thanks.

As a human, there are few worse things I can think of than being enslaved. As a woman, the idea of being enslaved as a prostitute is even worse. The International Princess Project is an organization I found out about from the lovely Kristin Howerton of Rage Against the Minivan.

This organization not only seeks to end sex slavery, but they empower the women who have been exploited by teaching them a valuable trade that will help them live lives of freedom and dignity.

From their website:
International Princess™ Project currently implements two initiatives working towards the vision of restoring hope and dignity to women formerly enslaved in prostitution. The PUNJAMMIES™ initiative creates a self-sustaining enterprise which provides needed jobs for women and the resources for their healing and restoration. The Advocacy initiative raises awareness in the United States of the problem of prostitution and human trafficking around the world and helps mobilize people to take action.

Donate here. Or buy some gorgeous Punjammies here. (Quick there is a sale today!)

Previously featured organizations:
National Parks Foundation
Paradigm Project
Lupus Foundation of America
Scholarship America
Media Matters for America
Boys and Girls Club
Your Local Food Bank
Girls for a Change
Operation Smile
Wheels for Humanity
National Security Archive
Books for Africa
Seed Savers Exchange
MAP International
The Fresh Air Fund
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Impact Personal Safety
Kristin Brooks Hope Center
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
Light Up the World Foundation
Planned Parenthood
Doctors Without Borders
Heifer International
Team Rubicon
The Carter Center
Bikes Not Bombs
Friends of Maddie
Surfrider Foundation
United Through Reading
Operation Shower
The Liz Logelin Foundation
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Kids Vs Global Warming
Help a Mother Out
Direct Relief International
Accelerated Cure for Multiple Sclerosis
Women for Women
Epic Change
Amnesty International

  1. July 8, 2011 18:34

    Thank you for this amazing post!

  2. July 9, 2011 07:23

    I love this idea for celebrating your 50th! For the past 6 years I’ve been part of a Giving Circle – an ever expanding group of women who get together every other month on a Friday for wine, dessert, and a presentation by one of our members on a charitable organization important to them. We all write checks for the amount that would would have spent on a Girls Night Out. It has been an amazing way to build community, blow off steam, and support organizations that we might not even have known about otherwise – I think we’ve raised something like $14k over the years. Maybe when your 50th is over you can make that a recurring event – you might be surprised how grateful people are for someone making it easy for them to do a good thing.

    As for BlogHer and the red stapler, I am totally in. I don’t even know what it is, but I’m in. See you in San Diego!

    • July 14, 2011 07:37

      Your Giving Circle sounds like a great idea, Nancy.


  1. Happy Birthday, Suebob!

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