The healing power of pajamas? It certainly isn’t limited to sick days and lazy Sundays. Case in point: PUNJAMMIES™, providing victims of forced prostitution the chance to rebuild their lives.
Shannon Keith founded International Princess™ Project in 2005 after a life-changing trip to India. Seeing the country’s red light districts first hand, she was compelled to restore these women – orphans, young mothers, and others – from the modern-day slavery by which millions of Indian women and children are imprisoned. Providing these victims with a holistic aftercare center where medical care, emotional restoration, education, and community support would all be available, they’d finally have a refuge for starting over.
PUNJAMMIES™ was launched by International Princess™ Project as a vehicle to bring about this change. These pajama tops and bottoms are hand made by women in the aftercare center using Indian fabrics and dyes (and we’re pretty much obsessed with the end products). Each PUNJAMMIES™ purchase provides fair trade wages for the women, financial support for holistic aftercare (including healthcare and schooling for the women and their children), and the ability to take more women into the aftercare facility. In earning an income, these once-despairing women receive the invaluable sense of self-reliance and worth that comes from being a part of a well-intentioned business – not to mention a community that truly cares for them. This is rehabilitation in its truest form.
By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer
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