A Chance to Reimagine
— Evan Robbins
President and Executive Director, Breaking the Chain Through Education
When the Good People Fund asked me to write about unexpected connections, the question threw me for a loop. The pandemic made fundraising more difficult and prevented me from going to Ghana in the summer of 2020. How was this anything but negative?
However, I realized that many positive changes to BTCTE occurred during the pandemic. I had the opportunity to step back and reevaluate the organization and how better to help victims of trafficking.
Since I wasn’t able to travel to Ghana in 2020, I reached out to our social workers and beneficiaries more frequently. This led to a deeper knowledge of the inner workings of the organization and resulted in important changes with our staffing and the allocation of various roles and responsibilities.
As an organization, we are much stronger than ever. In June 2021, I was finally able to return to Ghana and visit for the first time in two years. The love I felt from my beneficiaries and the progress they have made filled me with an unbelievable sense of pride. I was so happy to see boys that I knew become young men running their own businesses, and girls I knew are now thriving as women in university and pursuing careers.