This photo was snapped in front of our therapeutic Art Center, designed by a team of creatives led by Austin-based interior designer Kim Lewis.
It’s with great pleasure that we welcome Rachel Brown and Pam Cope to guest post on the Flash blog today, thanks to an introduction by our super creative and cool friend Kim Lewis. These two philanthropic babes recently trekked to Ghana on behalf of Touch A Life, an incredible organization that helps transform the lives of children and teenagers who have been rescued out of slavery. They brought along some Flash Tattoos to share with the girls, and we were so happy to hear that our tattoos added a little Flash of delight and fun memories to the trip. So, without further ado, we’ll let Rachel and Pam share their stories about this amazing non-profit…take it away, ladies! xo
Half a world away from our home base of Dallas, Texas, a dozen teenage girls in Ghana, West Africa, giggled happily as they applied dazzling Flash Tattoos to their arms, necks, fingers, and faces. They squealed as they pulled back the paper, revealing glittery, jewelry-like tattoos on their gorgeous skin. They laughed as they compared one tattoo with another, oohing and aahing at each other’s choices. Hugging us, they thanked us for bringing them some sparkle all the way from the U.S. For us, this display of excitement and gratitude was a reminder that these beautiful girls are truly worth more than gold.
As staff members for Touch A Life, we are so thankful for the opportunity to travel to Ghana frequently to visit the amazing children in our care. Our organization provides long-term rehabilitative care for children and teenagers who have been rescued out of slavery. Pam and her husband, Randy, founded the organization in 2000, and I was their first hire in January 2009 after meeting Pam at my alma mater, Pepperdine University, the year prior. It has been such a joy to watch the organization evolve and grow over the years. The beautiful giggling girls, adorned with their Flash Tattoos, were rescued out of lives of domestic servitude in 2009, and watching them reclaim their youth and grow into amazing young women has been an honor. Through vocational training programs, they are finding a way to showcase their talents and share their stories. They are changing the world.
With only two other staff members in our Dallas-based office, we both wear a lot of hats. Pam serves as a visionary for the organization, sharing her story and meeting with like-minded crusaders to champion the cause. I love working with Touch A Life’s friends and supporters, reveling in the opportunity to connect them to the children they support by leading trips to Ghana and creating donor communication strategies. Most of all, we can both agree that the best part of our job is spending time with the children we support. We know that even though we have gotten to be a part of their healing in some small way, they have changed our lives more than we could ever change theirs.
We would love for you to come alongside us and join in this inspiring work. You can learn more about Touch A Life by visiting our website, and we would be honored if you would donate to support the incredible children in our care. Thank you for helping us continue to bring sparkle and light into their lives.
Words by Rachel Brown and Pam Cope. Photos by Nancy Borowick.