Turquoise Circle Pendant Necklace
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Item #: 100022
A polished open circle of turquoise stone hangs from black knotted cord for an adjustable necklace that's as versatile as it is striking. Each pendant perfection was handcrafted by at-risk and rescued artisans in Thailand, and your purchase contributes to their safe, sustainable means of income.
Where this product came from
Thai Safehouse #6
Leaving their rural homes in search of work, hundreds of boys and young men are drawn to the flashy lights and busy streets of Thailand’s tourist industry. When their desire for freedom and dignified work succumbs to a basic need for survival, their dreams end in dirty bars and brothels. Wandering the same city streets are orphaned and abandoned boys, some as young as eight years old. Homeless and hungry, they sell their bodies to strangers for a few bowls of rice. At times they are beaten or tortured; some contract HIV. Strong Foundations offers hope and escape to these desperate young men, enfolding them into a supportive community where they can receive shelter, counseling, valuable skills training, and education. A sister facility nearby cares for young women, welcoming them to embrace new lives within the same sort of therapeutic community. Strong Foundations works tirelessly to transform the pain of sexual slavery into the hope of a bright future, reminding young men and women alike that they are valued far beyond the red-light districts of the world.
Sunan lived in a place of safety, but his mind was still a dangerous battleground. After his escape from Thailand’s red-light district, anger kept his heart from healing. At the safehouse’s school, Sunan screamed and slammed doors, desperately trying to protect himself from more pain and disappointment. But his teachers stood beside him, praising his good behavior and letting the bad slowly slip away. As he stumbled through English lessons, Sunan’s teachers clapped their hands and danced with joy, knowing that his past knew no kindness. Soon he was practicing English phrases on the weekends and asking for private classes on Saturdays. As he grew in skills and confidence, he also began to build a community of close friends. Today, knowing he is capable and loved, Sunan is thriving within his safehouse family.