Editor’s Mailbag

“Freedom Bazaar” at Lind House Saturday

NEW ULM — Global Avenues is holding a “Freedom Bazaar” to benefit the victims of human trafficking at the Lind House, 622 Center Street in New Ulm, on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

An assortment of products, such as aprons, handbags, and fashion jewelry along with an array of scarves and silver jewelry, will be available for sale at the bazaar.

All of the products are hand-made and 100 percent of the net profits from sales are returned to partner organizations in South Asia that assist women rescued from and endangered by human trafficking.

Global Avenues was founded in 2012 by Dewey and Carolyn Wetherby of Woodbury, who had worked in India for over 20 years and saw firsthand the need to provide sustainable income for workers who were employed by organizations seeking to train and support women at risk.

Partner organizations supported by Global Avenues include:

Forever Zoe, of New Delhi, India. Forever Zoe reaches out to North Indian women at risk by providing education, work experience and fair wages.

Freeset, of Calcutta, India. Freeset is in business for freedom – freedom from human trafficking. Freeset is a fair trade business that sells bags and t-shirts, made by women freed from human trafficking in Calcutta, India.

Ruhamah Designs operates three production centers in the cities of Ooty, Pune, and Calcutta, India. Ruhamah is a stepping stone for women who have been used and abused enabling them to return to their home in their village, with money in their pocket, with a new identity, and as women to be respected and not pitied.

Sari Bari fills a critical need for employment and economic opportunity for vulnerable women and women with daughters vulnerable to being trafficked in West Bengal. Six out of every 10 girls rescued from traffickers are from West Bengal. By providing employment to women where they live they are empowered to provide for their families and send their children to school without taking risks.

Peace Rehabilitation Center, a charitable organization dedicated to fighting and preventing sexual exploitation in Nepal. PRC’s mission includes defeating oppression, empowering women, strengthening communities, and building the nation of Nepal one girl at a time.

The community is invited to support efforts to aid the victims of human trafficking by attending the Freedom Bazaar at the Lind House this Saturday. Purchase items created, designed and produced with great quality and care selling at reasonable prices.

ECFE Community Baby Shower

NEW ULM — ECFE is sponsoring a Community Baby Shower for everyone who is currently pregnant, has had a baby or adopted a baby in the past 12 months, or is a licensed child care provider caring for at least one infant.

Mark your calendars for this event, which will include speakers on important topics related to your baby and vendors with products and information relevant to parents. Gift packets will be given to the first 70 parents in the door. There will also be door prizes!

The event will be held Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. to noon at the Washington Learning Center.

Admission is free. Registration is not required.