Fellow Class of 2008 grad and University Park Panther Annie Aberg is hoping to go to Rwanda, but she needs your help.
Aberg is one of over 300 applicants trying win a spot to go with Noonday Collection, a jewelry company that partners with artisans in the developing world, on a collaborative #StyleForJustice trip with International Justice Mission.
“I know it would be a miracle if I actually won, but I thought I would at least try because it seemed like too good of an opportunity to pass up,” Aberg said.
Once there, she would work with the core group of Noonday leaders to learn about the the IJM, their work, and the good they’re doing, and meet and work with the men and women Noonday has been partnering with in an effort to change the conversation about poverty.
“There is a hidden crisis silently undermining our best efforts to help the poor – it is a plague of everyday violence,” Melissa Russel, IJM’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships said in a post by Noonday’s founder Jessica Honegger. “Every day we help women and children move out of violent situations, and we are grateful for partners like Noonday Collection who provide economic opportunities that generate hope and self-sufficiency. The bloggers sharing these stories are giving a powerful voice to the voiceless.”
Noonday’s goal with the collaborative trip is to help spread the word to communities at home that purchasing power can be used for good, Honegger wrote in her post. “Our money talks, and we have the power to tell it what to say,” she wrote.
Voting ends on May 28. You can read Aberg’s reasons for going and vote for her here.