TYRONE, Ga., Jan. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- When The Freedom Challenge began as a group of 48 climbers with the intention to fight for the freedom of enslaved women worldwide, even those passionate women couldn't have predicted where it would go. In just three years, The Freedom Challenge has raised more than $3 million for programs working to end the oppression of women and children in slavery globally. The movement has attracted hundreds of women across the US as well as from other countries. The money raised to date represents the opportunity for over 50,000 women and children living under oppressive conditions in countries such as India, Moldova, Ghana and France who have already been impacted and put on the path to freedom.
The Freedom Challenge is a unique cause-driven organization. Through mid- and large-scale community events, women gather to participate in physical challenge events together such as scaling the world's largest mountains, running 5k and 10k courses together, daily fitness tracking campaigns and more. The women who sign-up to participate then petition their community, family and friends to sponsor them financially.
Funds raised support programs and activities facilitated by Operation Mobilization (OM), the founding organization of The Freedom Challenge and an international missions organization working in over 118 countries worldwide. OM's four-part strategy to impact modern day slavery includes: Prevention, Development, Rescue, and Restoration activities that have proven successful in several target regions. In some countries, self-help group models are being employed where successful graduation of programs spawn new self-replicating groups reaching more and more women in the area over time.
"When we get our community involved, we are raising awareness about this issue," said Tina Yeager, US Director of The Freedom Challenge. "When women announce they are going to climb a mountain and donate all funds raised to free a woman from modern day slavery, it's exciting. Her friends and family join together to support her efforts. We've seen how they all become inspired."
A new national Freedom Challenge campaign is to be announced in January 2016 to raise awareness and funding to free the next 1,000 women living under modern day slavery conditions. The upcoming Challenge campaign will allow any woman across the country to participate and bring another level of meaning to their personal social community.
By 2026, The Freedom Challenge aims to free at least 1 million women. There are at least 24 Million women and children enslaved in the world, said Yeager. "All of our efforts are aimed at raising funds towards their freedom."
New supporters can join the movement and give online at www.thefreedomchallenge.com. $150 will help set a woman on the path to freedom.
ABOUT THE FREEDOM CHALLENGE
The Freedom Challenge is a movement led by passionate women dedicated to freeing oppressed and enslaved women and children all around the world. Hundreds of women have participated in various fitness challenges that test personal limits, while raising funds and awareness. The Freedom Challenge was founded by Operation Mobilization (OM), an international Christian missions organization with over 6,800 workers in over 110 countries around the world. The Freedom Challenge raises funds that support various OM projects helping women and children impacted by modern day slavery. More details can be found at www.thefreedomchallenge.com