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We are so excited to announce the newest organizations we will be supporting!
Starting September 1st until November 30th, $5 from every Moving Mountains piece sold will be donated to Voicefound.
Founded in 2011, Voice Found is a national, survivor-led, charitable organization committed to the prevention of child sex abuse and commercial sexual exploitation. Over 90% of youth who are sex trafficked have a history of child sex abuse and they are committed to fighting both threats.
Voicefound envisions a Canada where children and youth grow into healthy adults and where those who’ve been sexually exploited get the support and care they deserve.
In May 2016, Voice Found launched The Hope Found Project serving Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. This project provides support for persons who have been sex trafficked or wish to exit the sex trade. Since the launch they have provided (and continue to provide) support to over 70 women and girls as they navigate their path to a life free from slavery.
Voice Found also delivers training and education across Canada to both individuals and organizations. As professionals with lived experience, they are often called upon to speak to a variety of audiences such as law enforcement, health care professionals and youth serving organizations.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED WITH VOICEFOUND?
They are always looking for additional support – whether hosting a third party fundraiser, volunteering or making a financial donation – each gift is greatly appreciated and helps them provide programs and services to victims of the most heinous of crimes.
To learn more about Voicefound, visit voicefound.ca
We are so excited to announce our next charity....
For the next few months, five dollars from every purchase will be donated to Canadian Women's Foundation!
The Canadian Women’s Foundation is Canada’s public foundation for women and girls.
They empower women and girls in Canada to move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership. Thanks to the support of their donors, they have funded over 1,400 community programs across Canada and have become one of the 10 largest women’s foundations in the world.
The Canadian Women’s Foundation’s work:
Helping women move out of violence
The Foundation supports programs that help women and their children rebuild their lives after experiencing violence, and that teach youth how to develop healthy relationships.
Helping women move out of poverty
Women can get the support they need to move out of poverty through programs that help them start a small business, get work experience, or enter the skilled trades. They are also offered other essential supports like childcare, interest-free loans, mentorships, and financial literacy workshops.
Helping women move into leadership
Many of the programs the Foundation supports offer opportunities for women and girls to take on leadership. The Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute offers professional leadership training for women who work in the non-profit sector.
Helping girls move into confidence
The Canadian Women’s Foundation helps girls in Canada move into confidence by funding dynamic programs that engage their bodies, minds, and spirits. In these programs, girls can explore science and technology, play sports, learn to think critically, or take on leadership, in a supportive all-girl environment.
We at Moving Mountains are so grateful for the work that the Canadian Women's Foundation does and we are so excited to be supporting their work through our inspirational and empowering pieces for the coming months!
Here at Moving Mountains we believe that our choices have an impact on others and the world. That is why for every purchase made we donate $5 to organizations supporting women and girls around the world.
The Because I am a Girl campaign is a global initiative working to end gender inequality and promote girls’ rights. Plan International believes that when girls are educated, healthy and empowered, they can lift themselves and everyone around them out of poverty.
Plan International’s WorkThe Plight of Girls
Girls in the poorest regions of the world are among the most disadvantaged people on the planet. They face unique barriers to survival and development — simply because they’re girls. We will never eliminate global poverty unless we invest equally in all our children and address inequalities for girls.The power of girls
There is no question that investing in girls in developing countries is key to reducing global poverty and instability. Girls have a unique power to positively influence the lives of those around them. If they are healthy, educated, and empowered, they will pull themselves out of poverty, and bring their children, communities and nations along with them.The plan for girls
Plan has a range of programs to improve the lives of girls and give them equal access to health care, education, protection, independence, and an opportunity to participate in society. Their programs include scholarships, safe schools and dormitories, reproductive and maternal health programs, life skills, vocational training, financial literacy programs, microfinance, and more.
How to Get Involved
There are many ways to get involved and contribute to Because I am a Girl. For starters, you can create a Because I am a Girl Club where you can help empower youth to stand up for girls’ rights and gender equality in North America and around the world. Or you can join the Speaker’s Bureau and speak at local and global forums on gender equality. You could even host a fundraiser in your community or use your voice on social media to share what a brighter future for girls means to you #BrighterFuture.
My name is Brittany, and I am the creator of Moving Mountains.
Moving Mountains was inspired by my father - an incredible man who always believed I could do anything and be anything. I lost him unexpectedly in 2015 and it was that loss that reminded me how short but still significant our lives can be. I have always believed that each of us needs to leave this world a little better than we found it, so in my father's honour I wanted to create something that could achieve that.
Moving Mountains is about empowering women and reminding them of their strength, power, passion, and purpose. It is meant to inspire those who wear our pieces and also support outstanding organizations supporting women and girls around the world. It is about choosing to make a difference - in your own life and in others.
When I first started with the idea for Moving Mountains I thought I wanted to find a single charity to support, but as I began to look around I found so many amazing organizations doing outstanding work. It became impossible to pick a single cause that seemed more important than another. I found organizations working to lift women out of poverty, shining a light on violence against women, raising awareness for the staggering number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women, offering education to girls who otherwise would go without, providing maternal health to developing countries, supporting women to push for positions of leadership in communities, politics, and companies, and on and on and on.
With so much incredible work being done, how would it be possible to just pick one? I decided I couldn’t, and instead created a model that allowed me to highlight the work of many organizations and hopefully play my small part in advancing their goals and connecting others with their worthy agendas.
Life is short and oh so precious. I believe that we need to leave this world a little better than we found it and I hope that Moving Mountains will allow myself and others to do that.
The name for Moving Mountains was also inspired by my dad. Growing up he loved reading us Dr. Seuss and one of my favourites always was Oh the Places You’ll Go. The last two pages of the book read:
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)
KID YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So… get on your way!
I love that everyone’s mountain can be completely unique to them. No matter what your passion, challenge, goal or situation – everyone has a mountain waiting for them. Although Moving Mountains came out of the sadness of losing my father, I am happy that I can take from him the inspiration to create something good.
Along with running Moving Mountains, I am a wedding and portrait photographer. I live in Ottawa, Canada with my husband and I love drinking red wine, daydreaming, and hugging people I just met.
Thank you for sharing in this journey with me and please know that no matter what, I believe you can move mountains.