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      TAKING A STAND AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING W/ FRIENDS OF THAI DAUGHTERS

      TAKING A STAND AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING W/ FRIENDS OF THAI DAUGHTERS

      Today is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, a day dedicated to calling attention to a terrible trend: that worldwide, over 27 million people are currently enslaved, the highest number ever in recorded history. In fact, human trafficking is the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world today.

      While we tend to think of human trafficking as a problem in other countries, it’s happening right here. According to UNICEF, America is both a source and a destination for traffickers, with child trafficking cases having been reported in all 50 states. And in many of the beautiful and culturally rich countries where Mexicali Blues sources our world goods, human trafficking is taking an even more terrible toll.

      So how are we taking a stand against human trafficking? And how can you help?

      First, the single most important thing we can all do to prevent the enslavement of children and people living in poverty around the world is to always, always pay fair wages and fair prices for goods and services. Mexicali Blues sets our prices to keep the artisans we work with, and their families, safe. We personally visit not just markets, but different stages of our supply chain. We want to see for ourselves how our artisanal products are being made and to make sure that no one is mistreated or exploited in the process.

      Second, we recognize that some of the most powerful efforts to stop human trafficking and exploitation are happening right in the communities that are most affected by it. And we’re so proud and honored to support them! One of these organizations spreading goodness from the ground up is Friends of Thai Daughters; we've helped to fund their work for years through our 1% World of Goods giving program.

      Friends of Thai Daughters protects girls who were trafficked or who, due to poverty or social status, are most vulnerable to trafficking, by offering them a safe living environment and an education. These girls come from the hill tribes of Northern Thailand and are typically ages 8 to 23, without documentation or citizenship, orphaned, and/or victims of abuse. The shelter, support, and skills they receive from Friends of Thai Daughters can completely transform their lives.

      These girls and young women live happily and healthily in a bright, cheerful safe house called “The Sunflower House.” Visiting the Sunflower House and seeing these wonderful young ladies grow and flourish over the years is one of the things we most love to do when we visit Thailand! Not only are we grateful to know these incredibly vibrant young people, but we are honored to continue to support their well-being.

      In fact, if you have ever shopped at Mexicali Blues, YOU have contributed to creating a safe and healthy environment for these and other young girls in Thailand who would otherwise be at high risk for human trafficking. With 1% of all purchases going back to programs like Friends of Thai Daughters, your contribution is essential to our philanthropic endeavors. . . so, THANK YOU! (Learn about other organizations we support here)

      At Mexicali we strongly believe that we all need to be aware how our choices as consumers can contribute to a shameful world problem and use our purchasing power—and philanthropy—to prevent it!

      You can learn more about Friends of Thai Daughters and their fight against human trafficking in Thailand on their website  and on their Facebook page. You can also find great guidance on helping to stop human trafficking all around the world on the UNICEF website.

      #MEXICALIMATCH UPDATE: THANKS TO YOU, THESE KIDS HAVE A NEW SCHOOL!

      #MEXICALIMATCH UPDATE: THANKS TO YOU, THESE KIDS HAVE A NEW SCHOOL!

      Meet some of the happy kids who now are able to get their education in the earthquake-proof Himalaya Primary School that your contributions helped build! Working with the awesome dZi Foundation, we donated $25,000 through our World of Goods program to fund the construction of the school in Sotang, Solukhumbu, Nepal, which was completed last June! […]

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      1% GROWS GLOBAL GOOD VIBES: HOW WE MOVE FORWARD BY GIVING BACK

      1% GROWS GLOBAL GOOD VIBES: HOW WE MOVE FORWARD BY GIVING BACK

      The beginning of the year is when we take inventory—not just of the world goods in our stores and warehouse, but of our progress and our goals. In all of 2017, nothing gave us as much joy as giving back through our corporate philanthropy program. Mexicali Blues donates a minimum of 1% of sales every […]

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      #MEXICALIMATCH UPDATE: WE’RE BUILDING ANOTHER SCHOOL IN NEPAL!

      #MEXICALIMATCH UPDATE: WE’RE BUILDING ANOTHER SCHOOL IN NEPAL!

      The students of Rok, Solukhumbu live a day’s walk from the nearest road and a two-day walk from any kind of medical care. They are a resilient, self-reliant people, but almost a third of the structures in their community were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. Their children have been without a school for years and […]

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      IT’S #GIVINGTUESDAY: DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT TODAY!

      IT’S #GIVINGTUESDAY: DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT TODAY!

      Happy #GivingTuesday! #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. This year, Mexicali Blues is teaming […]

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