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To empower young women who have survived abuse to rediscover and celebrate their personal beauty, develop their self-sufficiency, and become leaders within their own communities.
Emerge Global supports Sri Lankan girls, ages 10-18, who have been removed from their homes due to past abuse or the threat of abuse and are courageously testifying in court. These girls are placed into shelters that typically lack resources and educational opportunities. Emerge partners with these shelters to transform them into entrepreneurship hubs, where girls develop the business and life skills needed for self-sufficiency. Emerge equips these girls with skills and resources for their futures, using a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes leadership, life skills, and business knowledge, while simultaneously helping each participant generate a financial foundation through the creation of their own unique jewelry. Jewelry created through the program is sold through avenues that raise awareness about the cause, with profits going back to the individual artists who created the pieces.Founded in 2008 by Alia Whitney-Johnson (a student at MIT at the time), Emerge Global is largely run by a dedicated team of volunteers based in the U.S. and Sri Lanka.