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There are many ways to support The Off Ramp and its mission. Of course, you can donate funds, but there are also opportunities to donate your time, skills, and other resources that will make just as strong an impact. Read on to learn more about the projects we are involved in and the plans we are making!
"Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one of your citizens.
You must love them as yourself, because you were immigrants in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God."
Leviticus 19:34 (Common English Bible)
the esther project:
supporting artisans in Kenya
The Esther Project was created to help combat human trafficking in Kenya through the development of a market for handcrafted artisanal goods made by women who are in vulnerable situations. The Off Ramp assists The Esther Project with product development and quality control, as well as through the sale of their goods at ThreadsbyNomad.com.
By supporting The Esther Project through The Off Ramp, you are helping women in Kenya provide for their families. All of the products are handmade and each one is different. You can shop The Esther Project's designs at Threads by Nomad and at TheEstherProjectShop.com.
amani sasa: building careers
Amani Sasa is an organization that works for the safety, wholeness, and empowerment of refugees in Uganda. With few to no safety nets in Ugandan society, the pandemic of COVID-19 dramatically impacted this vulnerable population. As Amani Sasa transitions from crisis mode to equipping and empowering, we are joining them in a project that will help eight Ugandan women build careers.
We are coming together to provide training in basket weaving. Each participant successfully completing the course will be given an opportunity to become part of a cooperative and receive financial help to purchase initial supplies. During their time of learning each woman will receive mentoring, on-site meals and childcare if needed.
Snack Packs at the border
Displaced people are vulnerable to falling prey to human traffickers. People who have come to the Texas/Mexico border are at particularly high risk. We invite you, your church, or your community to purchase and make up food packets to be distributed among those who are displaced in that area. Inside each food packet we will place a card with information regarding signs to watch for and ways a trafficker might approach. The national human trafficking hotline is also included. If you are interested in helping with this project and would like a suggested list of snack pack items:
vero's loom: a women's cooperative
Vero and her two colleagues have started a cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico. As indigenous women, they are marginalized in both access to education and economic opportunity. Trained in weaving, they purchased a loom on credit in early 2019. The Off Ramp has given them an initial grant to pay off their remaining debt. In collaboration with the Seminario Intercultural Mayense, they will be mentored in business practices, accounting, and partnership building. As they progress, The Off Ramp will help them procure additions to the loom and supplies to expand their offerings. The Off Ramp has connected them with buyers and merchants such as Threads by Nomad so they can be mentored in product development and marketing.
Refugee Children's access to education
The Off Ramp provides a Ready for School program for preschool children in an apartment complex that is home to refugee families from around the world. Additionally, backpacks with school supplies are collected and shared with refugee resettlement agencies and other local apartment complexes.
kin and care: access to education
Kin and Care employs refugee women in the Washington, D.C. area. The small business's goal is to hire more women and offer more opportunities for them to thrive. To that end, The Off Ramp is providing consultation support and a grant to procure the raw materials for a new product line. A refugee from Iran will be taught product development and will teach/mentor others.
UPDATE: Yay! This project has reached its benchmark and we are blessing Kin & Care as they move forward. Threads by Nomad, which is The Off Ramp's e-commerce subsidiary, will continue carrying Kin & Care's products and you can shop them all here.
refuge and hope:
product development in Uganda
Refuge and Hope International in Kampala, Uganda helps refugees and displaced people rebuild their lives. One of the ways they are accomplishing this is through a sewing program. The Off Ramp is coming alongside them to help develop product, implement quality control, and develop marketing strategies.