Battling slavery one painting at a time

The third annual Tiny Hands, Big Hearts sale to benefit Tiny Hands International will be held in the atrium of the Don Love Building from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 4.

Freedom is simply a painting away for girls trafficked across the Nepal/India border each year as sex slaves.

The Union College chapter of Amnesty International is hosting the third annual Tiny Hands, Big Hearts Sale to support the work of Tiny Hands International, a Lincoln-based non-profit organization seeking to stop child sex slavery in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. The event takes place Sunday, Dec. 4, in the atrium of the Don Love Building the campus of Union College from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Union College first joined forces with Tiny Hands International three years ago after representatives gave a presentation on the organization's mission to help enslaved girls during a chapel service at the college. Several Union College students now work with Tiny Hands—one of whom traveled to Nepal this past summer.

“I chose to work with Tiny Hands because I was impressed with their grassroots, God-centered approach to ending one of the greatest injustices in the world,” said Ben Herzel, who volunteered with the organization in Nepal. “With limited resources, Tiny Hands is effective in ways that even larger organizations are not.”

Tiny Hands works to intercept the young girls—kidnapped, sold by their families or lured to another country with the promise of a good job—at Nepal's borders. Each rescued girl lives in a safe home operated by Tiny Hands where she can receive an education. With the average cost of intercepting a girl at approximately $23, every art piece sold makes a real impact.

Items for sale will include paintings, sculpture, drawings, photography, screen prints, jewelry, knitted or crocheted items and clothing. “We really want to continue what the girls in Nepal started with their universal art,” said Angela Danielson, one of the event organizers. The girls living in Tiny Hands rescue homes raise money by handmaking a variety of jewelry, bags and scarves.  

“The art sale is all about building relationships between Union College, Tiny Hands International and the Lincoln community,” said Herzel. “This art sale is important because it shows that Union College is standing in solidarity with the local community and declaring that we, too, believe our Christianity is a call to stand against injustice."