UPDATE: WOAH, Shambalans! You've excelled yourself - smashing our £7,000 target out of the park. The winners of our prize draw to win the last tickets to this years festival have been notified via email - big congratulations to them!
The funds you have raised already will make such an incredible difference to victims of modern slavery - we are so incredibly grateful - but we're not done yet!
We're keen to see if we can hit the £10,000 mark so we're extending the crowdfunder for another month. Anybody who donates £13 or more from the 4th August onwards will be put into another prize draw to win the very first tickets to next years' festival - our 20th birthday!!
We'll contact the winners via email on September 5th.
Over the past 4 years, Shambala’s ‘Flags For…’ campaigns have raised over £23,000 for incredible causes. This year, we’re raising funds for Unseen – a charity who do vital work in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking.
This isn’t a cause that gets a large amount of media spotlight, but it’s a huge and urgent issue both here in the UK and around the world. The following stats make for harrowing reading:
Traffickers target the vulnerable - children, refugees, the homeless, people suffering from mental health conditions, addiction and poverty. They treat human beings like commodities, controlling them through threats, violence and rape to earn vast amounts of money from them. Slavery happens in plain sight, even within legitimate businesses as the demand for fast, cheap products and services drives down prices and profit margins. Many of us are becoming more conscious of the environmental impact of our purchases, but we need to ask who makes our clothes, our smartphones, picks our vegetables or paints our nails? We often think that local means ethical, without considering that workers in our own communities could also be exploited…
Unseen runs safehouses for both women and men as well as providing ongoing support to survivors living in the community. They also operate the national Modern Slavery Helpline, which offers independent advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to those who need support to leave their exploitation.
By working closely with victims and survivors, Unseen gain insight into tactics used by traffickers. This helps them to understand how to best disrupt slavery, and so they work with businesses, governments and agencies like the police and NHS to create strategies that identify victims, bring them to places of safety and prevent more vulnerable people from being trafficked.
Tania was a victim of slavery for 20 years. She worked on British farms, picking our vegetables.
"They treat us like we are animals. Pay just 30 pence per day. When the bosses get drunk, they abuse people for fun, break your body. When I know they’re drunk I sleep outside, in the bushes, where they can’t find me. They tell me I broken visa rules and if I leave, I go in the prison for 15 years. I start think that I am not human, and I think “I am nobody, I am nobody”.
Eventually Tania decided that prison would be better than the abuse she suffered day in day out and handed herself in. Police identified her as a victim of modern slavery, and she was referred to Unseen’s safehouse.
“It’s first time that you trust somebody because you feel safe. These people in the safehouse they always support you, they take you out from this dark fog. . They tell you you are also important person. These people, all my life they will live in my heart, such a huge love what they present to me. They give us hope, they give us life, they give us chance to feel human again.”
We are asking you, the great people of Shambala, to sponsor a survivor of slavery in Unseen’s safehouse.
For every donation received, Shambala will fly a string of prayer flags on the Shambala Stage. This will create a striking and beautiful symbol of our support and prayers for those who have had their lives devastated through slavery:
Please dig deep, Shambala - together we can change lives!
If you think someone may be a victim of modern slavery, please call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.
This project offers rewards in return for your donation.