In the developing world, a lack of regular channels to information and resources prevents city-based anti-trafficking advocates from providing adequate resources to rural and at-risk communities. As advocates travel from cities to do outreach education to isolated/vulnerable regions, they are often remain disconnected from those who are in critical need of regular communication. The mission of Freedom Connect’s Freedom SMS Project is to advance anti-trafficking networks in underserved communities using innovative mobile technology. Helpline SMS Networks consist of: NGOs, legal advocates, social service providers, law enforcement, and other key stake holders who act as first responders in a trafficking case. The Helpline SMS Network is able to use this mobile network to regularly stay in touch with rural communities vulnerable to human trafficking, provide regular updates and information at a low cost, and respond to emergencies and prevent trafficking. We’re using Frontline SMS, a free open-source platform that enables large-scale, two-way text messaging using only a laptop, GSM modem and inexpensive cell phones. By using this technique, we are preventing slavery and human trafficking one text at a time!
By Donating to Phones4Freedom, Freedom Connect will earn “points” or “credits” to purchase the appropriate mobile equipment for Freedom SMS anti-trafficking networks. The average donated phone in the US will allow us to purchase 2-3 phones. You can also donate old digital cameras and mp3 players. No chargers or plugs required. Send in your phone today!read more
Does it cost money?
Does my phone's condition matter?
How can I start a collection campaign at my place of business, school, place of worship etc?
I have personal information on my phone, how do I get rid of it?
I have more electronics at home. Can I recycle and donate them?
Here’s how you can donate:
- Print out a Phones4Freedom Shipping Label (btw postage is on us!) Print out labels for multiple packages.
- Deactivate your phone and leave the batteries in. Also, clear your personal data. To learn more visit this site. Include the charger if you have it, but it’s not necessary!
- Put the phones in a padded envelope or box (and wrap securely), paste the prepaid shipping label and drop it off at any US Post Office Box.
- And there you have it! You can get further involved with Phones4Freedom by telling your friends, family, colleagues and classmates. Print out Flyer and shipping labels for them, and pass on our information.
Are you a Group/Business/School/Place of Worship interested in starting a Phones4Freedom Drive? Read our SMS Freedom Fundraising Kit, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us here for more information.read more