Emerge Global aims to empower young women who have survived sexual abuse to rediscover and celebrate their personal beauty, develop their self-sufficiency, and become leaders within their own communities. The Emerge Bead Program enables Sri Lankan girls who have survived sexual violence or abuse and currently live in an institution to become jewelry designers through a curriculum that emphasizes personal discovery, leadership, and business knowledge, while generating savings for their futures. Our ultimate goal is to is to empower a generation of young women who have survived abuse to support themselves and their children while simultaneously equipping them with the personal, social, and financial capital to solve their own community's most pressing problems.
The jewelry, each piece unique, is sold in Sri Lanka and abroad with 50% of Emerge Global’s jewelry selling price goes directly into the designer's savings account, which she may access at the age of 18. The remaining 50% covers the cost of materials and product distribution, so that Emerge Global can support the healing of more survivors.
The Emerge Bead Program focuses on four core areas: entrepreneurship, life skills, mentorship, and community.