Abi Ferrin's Freedom Project exists to aid those who are constantly faced with seemingly impossible circumstances. In many poverty stricken countries, abusive employment and sex trafficking are widely regarded as acceptable and the only choice for survival. Daughters and sons accept brothel work as their duty to the family, while the family continues to borrow against the wages of the daughter, leaving her a virtual slave in these awful environments. Factory workers are underpaid, work in poor environments and are often physically and sexually abused on the job.
Since 2007 Abi Ferrin's Freedom Project has been supporting Sak Saum with a steady stream of income through the purchase of handmade buttons and other accessories used in Abi Ferrin garment production. Every Abi Ferrin garment is tagged with a special handmade button, so every purchase is a loving contribution.
Located in Phnom Penh and the Saang district of Cambodia, Sak Saum is a ministry dedicated to the rescue, restoration, transformation and rehabilitation of vulnerable and exploited women and men.
Sak Saum is run by Ginny Hanson, her husband Eric, and Theavy Kang, who have all dedicated their lives to the transformation of this area. By changing one person’s opportunity at a time, they are able to witness the growth of each individual and the positive effect it then has on the families and communities. The hope is that the mental model of selling your children for survival will be eradicated completely.
To find out why the Freedom Project is so personal to Abi, read her story here.For information regarding speaking opportunities with Abi Ferrin, please click here.