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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Punjammies: International Princess Project Helping Women in India Escape Poverty & Exploitation


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During my nursing studies I find so many instances where people, especially women, suffer and have little hope of improving their situation.  We Americans know so very little about worldwide poverty.  We have shining hospitals, seeming endless sterile medical supplies, and InstaCares for our sniffles.  Women in India (and many other impoverished areas) may never see a clinic or often die from commonly cured ailments.  Or sadly, may simply lead lives of exploitation and loss.  It is a terrible situation for so many and it always breaks my heart.

I came across a blog post that featured these lovely, wide-legged pajama trousers called Punjammies.  I don't affiliate with this company nor do I know their reputability- but I love the idea of the cause AND the pants are darling.   Here is the story behind the product:

"In February of 2005, International Princess™ Project founder Shannon Keith went on a trip to India that opened her eyes to devastation of lives happening on the streets and in the brothels. After visiting a red-light district, she could not forget what she saw - young girls sold by their families, orphans picked up off the street by pimps, even young mothers just trying to feed their children. Many were held against their will. Others were trapped by economics. Those who escaped the brothels often returned just to survive.

Compelled by the magnitude of this reality, Shannon and her team of volunteers founded International Princess™ Project to advocate for these women, give them opportunities to restore their broken lives and empower them to live in freedom. The traditional Indian Sari, worn in even the darkest places in India, became the inspiration for International Princess™ Project. The sari’s bright color and beautiful design are fit for princesses.

Women who leave the brothels need occupational training and job opportunities to help them find dignity, self-worth and hope for a future outside of the red light districts. When women become a part of an International Princess Project sewing center, they take the first step toward supporting themselves in a dignified way.

PUNJAMMIES™, pajamas made from the beautiful Indian fabrics by women employed at sewing centers in India, are exported to the U.S and sold as a premium-brand of sleepwear. Proceeds from these sales go back to paying the ladies fair trade wages, money towards their living expenses, holistic support and restoration, funding towards their children’s schooling and operational support for the program. International Princess™ Project is committed to creating self-sustaining enterprises in India that provide opportunities for women formally enslaved in prostitution a place to heal from the past and find hope for the future."

Knowing the terrible plight these women face, it always compels my heart to do something to help.  I am hoping to someday give medical service in areas such as India or Afghanistan, but for now, this is something I can do today.  I was also interested to see that they do a gala each year with keynote speakers and have a lot of sponsors and people involved in the So-Cal area.  The International Princess Project also has a volunteer application if you want to get involved.

Take a look at these beautiful Punjammies.  They are $35 each and are made of 100% cotton.  There are also tops, shorts, and towels.  Best of all, they come in a range of sizes from XS-XXL.  Thank you for bigger sizes for ladies that aren't a size 4.

LINK to shop 

I really love the ones that implement sari patterns or the woven looking hemming of the pants.  I'm going to pick up a pair and I hope you do too.  Which ones catch your eye?

Let's make a difference in a small way by supporting causes that touch our hearts.  You can help someone across the world if you try.  We are all connected and it's the responsibility of those that can to help those that need it.

Have a great day,


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