Nonprofit organization the Creativity Shell has been recognized by the US House of representatives for their creative approach to thwart human trafficking.
The Creativity Shell is a on a mission to use creative trades to educate and inspire the next generation of makers. The organization teaches sewing/textile arts and other trades classes to students in public libraries, schools and shelters that rescue children from homelessness and human trafficking. Their programs are designed to educate and inspire children by teaching them essential life and practical skills.
“Thirty years ago, the phrase human trafficking” was not as widely used as it is today.” Says Executive Director and founder of the Creativity Shell, Shelancia Daniel. “We have stopped teaching our children basic skills and traffickers are exploiting this weakness by luring them into the trafficking industry with a false promise of a fame and fortune with no skills required. Hearts for a Fresh Start is designed to raise awareness about human trafficking, teach a basic hand sewing skill and give a child the opportunity to give back to other children in need.” Daniel added.
The organization started a campaign called “Hearts for a Fresh Start” in an effort to raise awareness about human trafficking and teach kids a practical skill at the same time.
This campaign was recognized by US Congressman Ted Poe on January 29th to officially recognized the Creativity Shell in congressional record for the work they are doing to help children.
“We are all extremely surprised and grateful to have the US congress recognize our work” says Daniel. “Our hope is that we can continue to offer more of our programs in different communities across the United States.”