Asian Mint recently had the privilege of sponsoring Future of Hope: Dallas, a charity dinner hosted by Dallas-based non-profit organization Hope For The Silent Voices (HFSV). The dinner was held on October 4 at The Filter Building on White Rock Lake.
It was a definitely a fun evening. It had games like the Cornhole Tournament, where the winner got two tickets to a game of their choice: Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, or Dallas Cowboys. There was also a silent auction where swags like hotel stays, a week-long getaway in Maine, salon and spa treatments, and restaurant dining gift cards were up for grabs. And, of course, there’s a lot of great food, too.
As fun as the Future of Hope event was, though, it was rather sobering as well. That’s because HFSV’s cause involves rescuing women and children in Cambodia from the traps of human trafficking for labor or sexual purposes. Their presentations have made us aware of the multi-billion global industry that human trafficking is and why it’s absolutely necessary for everyone to help in stopping it.
Hope for the Silent Voices fights against global human trafficking in Cambodia
Hope for the Silent Voices described itself as a not-for-profit organization committed to giving voice to voiceless individuals whose personal circumstances have made them vulnerable to human trafficking. Their efforts mainly target depressed communities in Cambodia, particularly the garbage community of Steung Meanchey in Phnom Penh. However, they also run programs in other communities elsewhere in Asia and South America. These programs include supporting orphanages, distributing food and medicine to communities, and educating children so they can stand a better chance at living a better life.
HFSV was founded in 2005 by Eric Lyons, a Dallas transplant from Deerfield, Illinois. The seed for HFSV was planted in Eric after a trip to Sri Lanka that year, where he joined the rescue and relief efforts for the 2004 series of tsunamis that destroyed communities in 14 countries around the Indian Ocean. While he was there, Eric was exposed to the plight of the children who are vulnerable to trafficking and abuse.
We can all take part in the fight against human trafficking
More often than not, it’s easy to forget that there are people around us who live every single day of their lives in quiet desperation. And more often than not, the despair becomes so much for these people that they get easily lured into false promises of a better life. Only, instead of a better life, they find themselves in abusive, life-threatening situations with no means of escape. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, human trafficking is now the world’s biggest criminal enterprise, valued in multi-billions.
Asian Mint has always had a heart for giving. Charitable giving is a part of Chef Nikky Phinyawatana’s business philosophy and one of the pillars of Asian Mint. Giving to help people become less vulnerable to the lure of human trafficking, and end it in the long run, is as good a cause as any. Even a little can go a long way. So, if you’d like to take part in this good fight, you can check out HFSV’s support page and see how you can help out.