A few weeks ago I was talking with Ann from the International Princess Project and she told me about Nimmi.
And now I need to tell you about Nimmi.
Nimmi was 13 years old when she became a sex slave. Part of the sex trade, she was entrapped until she was 21. That's when Bombay Teen Challenge
rescued her. Shortly thereafter, Nimmi became a proud member of The
International Princess Project. Her time in the sex industry however
was not without consequence. When she started at IPP, she had advanced
Through IPP, Nimmi was able to learn that her soul, her very self, had
dignity. She was surrounded by support, by the love of those caring for
her and the love of those who KNEW what she was going through because
they went through it themselves. Nimmi had a clean place to live,
received medical care and started learning how to sew. Over the course
of the past year we have sold a lot of punjammies. Perhaps you own a
pair. Perhaps she sewed them. And if you purchase or have purchased
punjammies, know that you are part of the difference that enveloped
Nimmi passed away the first week of January at the age of 25.
While this is incredibly sad and while those close to Nimmi are
absolutely grieving, they can know that she died surrounded by love and
peace, something that would NOT have happened if she was still in the
grip of prostitution.
And here's a side note that isn't quite as "side" as you might think.
While DFC is not a "Christian" organization per say, meaning that we
purchase from religious affiliated and non-religious affiliated programs
both, I happen to believe in the love and grace of Jesus Christ. IPP
does, too, and teaches the women who go there who Jesus is. The staff
live in a way to reflect His goodness and love.
While at IPP, Nimmi accepted Him as her Savior and now IPP and I
celebrate that Nimmi is surely in the arms of His grace and care, in
peace and fully healed from all the pain and suffering she experienced
on this earth.
I am so proud that we are able to carry punjammies
from IPP. I love what they are doing and the difference they are
making in such an incredible and life changing way. And Nimmi's story
is beautiful, in part because IPP was able to be there for her.
I am also proud to say that we just ordered a new batch of punjammies
this past week and they'll be here this week. So, stay tuned for new
punjammies and the difference you make simply by buying them. This is
shopping with purpose.
*Photo courtesy of Bombay Teen Challenge.