Christmas For A Cause
Date and Time:
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hahn University Center
This event offers student artwork and one-of-a-kind gift items that are great for last-minute shopping. Proceeds go towards the Costa Rican charity, Casa Luz. This holiday gift sale is brought to you by Broken Chain.
Campus Cash is accepted.
Broken Chain is a project founded within the University of San Diego’s Student International Business Council (SIBC). SIBC is a student-led organization with the mission of “Peace Through Commerce.” We are one of six groups dedicated to this vision by offering aid to a variety of social issues. Specifically, our group Broken Chain is concerned with the social issue of abuse and exploitation of women. Our project is a socially conscious e-boutique that sells one-of-a-kind artisan crafts and goods which in return supports Casa Luz, our non-profit partner who run shelters and rehabilitation centers for young female mothers that are victim to sexual abuse, forced prostitution, severe poverty, violence, and exploitation in Costa Rica. With an emphasis on Christian principles, Casa Luz is promoting successful integration of adolescent mothers and their children into society.We operate the boutique by supporting local artists in San Diego and we use our profits to empower the Casa Luz girls and their children through education, encouragement, and opportunities.
With continuous donations to Casa Luz, they will continue to work directly with abuse victims in Costa Rica. Casa Luz will use the money to educate, counsel, and rehabilitate the adolescent mothers. Sexual abuse and exploitation victims have a high rate of being re-victimized and re-entering poverty, since they lack the skills and confidence to financially and emotionally support themselves. Casa Luz not only provides safe houses, but also provides spiritual, value-forming counseling programs to help reintegrate the girls back to valuable members of society. 24-hour care and counseling is provided by a team of experienced professionals, including social workers, psychologists, and special needs educators. The home-like environment at Casa Luz is filled with love and acceptance while fostering responsibility and accountability, producing young women who consistently progress toward a brighter future.
We are also providing support to student artists who want to gain more exposure, but may not have a way to do so. Currently, we are only targeting artists at the University of San Diego. In three to six months, we plan to expand our market and recruit artists in all of San Diego. In one year, we hope to be financially independent and expand our market nationwide.
Not only are we helping the victims and artists, but we are also raising awareness of this global issue for our customers. We will send an e-blast to our customers to let them know how Broken Chain has helped Casa Luz victims to keep them informed of our social impacts.
To put it in perspective, $5,000 would provide an apartment for two families for one year.