The Rescue Foundation

Dear friends and family,

As you know from the invitation card and email, I have suggested no gifts. Your presence, rather than your presents, is all I could wish for. However, if you wish to give or do something to mark the occasion then I ask that you consider making a donation to one of our charities - The Rescue Foundation (TRF), in Mumbai. Click here to view TRF's website for more information.

TRF is a non-profit, government recognized and registered NGO working for rescue, rehabilitation and repatriation of victims for human trafficking from different parts of India, Nepal & Bangladesh and sold for forced prostitution. They conduct investigations, sting operations and work with police to conduct raids on brothels where they understand girls and women are being kept against their will. Thousands of girls every year are sold into sexual slavery, many as young as 9~10 years old. In many cases they are tricked into sham marriages or promised good paying jobs in the cities, and then sold into bondage once they arrive. In some cases, their own families sell them into slavery to pay off debts.

TRF not only rescues girls, but helps to rehabilitate them as well offering counseling, repatriation if possible, training in a craft and even help with marriage. The photos below are some images that speak louder than my words. Donations can be made in the following way through their US partner agency who will also provide you with a tax letter:

  • By check, made out to TEN Charities which is based here in the U.S. Just make sure you make the check out to TEN Charites, and put "for Rescue Foundation" in the memo field. TEN will provide you with a receipt for tax purposes, as they are fully acredited with the IRS (EIN# 37-1497985). Checks can be given to us at the party or by mail, or you can send them direclty to TEN if you prefer, at PO Box 3403, St Augustine, FL 32085, Attn: Sarah Symons.

We hope to see as many of you as possible on June 2. And for those of you who cannot make it, thanks for your love and support over the years.