Marsh Award 2012
The Marsh Christian Trust has generously given awards to 3 individuals in recognition for their outstanding work and achievements in fighting Modern Day Slavery:
1. Ben Wells, Nightingale Trust
Such is Ben’s commitment to the cause that 6 years ago he gave up training to be a doctor to run the Nightingales project in Romania. The UK based charity provides educational, vocational and pastoral support through a community centre to hundreds of children and adults in the town who are at risk of being trafficked. The brilliance of the work lies in its innovative and flexible approach in a number of areas, including finding work opportunities for the children it cares for, who otherwise are at risk of falling prey to traffickers that quite literally circle the town searching for new ‘recruits’. Ben works closely with the founder, David Savage, who received an MBE in recognition of his pioneering work with children with HIV.
2. Trish Davidson, Unchosen
Trish is the founder and director of Unchosen, a small charity based in Bath which promotes human trafficking film campaigns across the UK. Through film, documentaries and interviews, Unchosen raises awareness about all aspects of human trafficking including domestic servitude, forced labour, child and sex trafficking. Unchosen works closely with film directors, anti-trafficking experts, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and volunteers to co-ordinate film campaigns in schools, universities and local communities.
3. Mwenya Chimba, BAWSO
Mwenya is is a full-time member of staff for the Black Association of Women Step Out, a charity in Wales providing specialist services to black and minority ethnic women and children who have suffered domestic abuse. BAWSO has provided support for female victims of trafficking and their children over the past 5 years. Mwenya works with a range of agencies to ensure that the needs of black and minority ethnic women and children are addressed sensitively and effectively across Wales. Mwenya’s commitment to tackling the issue of trafficking in Wales has ensured that it is a priority for all agencies.