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    Posted July 30, 2014 by
    Manchester, New Hampshire
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
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    Humanity Calls

    My name is Kathryn Nelson & I am a local salon business owner... I will be volunteering my time in Cambodia for a charity foundation that helps victims of sex trafficking... I am seeking help in raising donations to help fund my trip & also raise additional funds to donate to the Justice & Soul Foundation as a surprise upon my arrival. Justice & Soul foundation awards scholarships to rescued victims to learn a trade in the beauty industry as a Cosmetologist. They have just completed building a brand new cosmetology school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia , all with donations in excess of $125,000.00. Earlier this year a plea was sent out on a beauty industry website looking for volunteers to give 1-3 mos of their time as Volunteer Educators. I immediately applied, had a 45 mi. Phone interview shortly thereafter & am thrilled to be selected as one of their first volunteer educators. The trip will be very costly traveling 1/2 way around the world & I have to completely pay my own way. ( as well I will have no income while I am away from the salon). I am hoping to raise a total of $10,000.00. To date I have raised $2700.00 from family & friends & customers of mine in the salon... To get the word out I have posted a video I made including a song I co-wrote with my son telling of my inspiration I choosing to embark onthis mission. It revolves initially around a friend of whom I know who herself fell prey & victim to sex exploitation as a young Cambodian teenager. Her story is a horrific & violent one including severe burns & it was this reason I felt compelled to offer my professional experience & time.

    I have just this past weekend begun using social media to try & get my plea out to many celebrities asking for a mere $25 from each and asking them to ask their famous friends as well... Some of my favorites are Jimmy Fallon, Ellen Degeneres & Queen Latifah and have submitted video requests to their respective shows for exposure & support in drumming up donations. Call me crazy but I am reaching out to all...

    That is why I am writing to you, to additonally, get more local exposure in my plight to raise money. I am hoping you will consider doing a small piece, regarding my journey & I would like to challenge all the hairdressers In your viewing audience to send a small donation to my fundraising page on YouCaring.com. Even just one small tip from every hairdresser in the area...would be significant.

    An excerpt from the YouTube video follows:

    This video is a call for awareness to help me raise funds for my volunteer mission in Cambodia with a Non Profit Foundation called Justice & Soul. This foundation was founded to help victims of Sex Exploitation and Trafficking by offering scholarships awarded from donation fundraising monies, in a brand new Cosmetology School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
    I will leave my life here in the states August 27th for appx 5 wks to volunteer as a Cosmetology Educator with Justice & Soul Foundation & I am honoring my friend Marina Tat in doing so. Marina fell victim victim herself as a young Cambodian teenager to not only exploitation but violence as well, as she was badly beaten & severely burned with nitric acid and had over 20 + surgeries to heal her wounds. Please watch this video; some graphic photos in the beginning show the horrific nature of her injuries from this tragedy. Could you help by making a small donation? I am not looking for hundreds or thousands, just a simple request from $1.00 or $2.00 or as you can afford... As well I ask you to help be my street team to pay it forward in sharing it on your own personal social media sites...

    My you tube video link is:


    Donatations can be made on my fundraising page here: Http://www.youcaring.com/mission-trip-fundraiser/help-Kathy-get-to-Cambodia-teach-cosmetology-in-September/197676 TY

    Warm Regards

    Kathryn Nelson
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