BLOSSOMY MISSION STATEMENT
THE PURPOSE OF THE BLOSSOMY PROJECT IS TO SERVE SURVIVORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND THOSE VULNERABLE TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE BY PROVIDING ACCESS TO HEALING AND EMPOWERMENT THROUGH CREATIVE PROGRAMMING FOR SELF EXPRESSION AND AUTONOMY.
Laura Price founded Blossomy in 2004 when she traveled to India as a volunteer for a community development project in Kolkata. She found a placement with Sanlaap, an organization that provides shelter to girls and women who were rescued from sex trafficking.
Arriving with only a laptop, Laura hoped to teach basic computer skills but teaching basic computer skills to individuals who did not speak English nor who had much experience with technology proved to be very challenging. In the beginning, the class was more about teaching the ABCs rather than teaching computer skills and it seemed a natural conclusion that the training should focus on touch typing rather than learning Microsoft Office. Touch typing proved to be a very useful device as it gave the students a way of navigating language both on the computer as well as in conversation.
The computer class began with 10 girls and eventually led to the building of an independent computer training school for the shelter home. Eventually, Laura partnered with a local NGO in Kolkata who would take the program to the next level to accommodate the amount of students as well as computer competency which included learning MS Office and HTML.
Laura believed the healing power of the arts were equally as important as the many vocational and educational programs that many of the NGOs were offering but didn't have the funds to provide.
Since the girls at the shelter home were not able to leave the grounds due to security reasons, Blossomy organized a private concert at the shelter home with the popular local rock band Cactus. The grounds were turned into a festival setting with street vendors “selling” food and bangles.
Blossomy also did some things just for fun such as taking the entire Sanlaap home and all it's staff for a day at the movies, some of which had never been to a cinema hall.
In 2005, Blossomy took a group of 10 girls to study Iyengar yoga with her teachers, the Chanchani's in Dehradun. She called it Yoga Camp, and invited teachers from both the U.S. and Australia to teach self-defense and English.
Over the years, Blossomy has partnered with others who have donated not only their skills, talent and money but also their celebrity.
In 2006, Blossomy was approached by Tanmoy Bose, a world renown musician and together they created the Restoration of Innocence project. Each year they offer the Expression Through Rhythm workshop where they invite participants from local NGOs and team up with both traditional and modern artists to create a weeklong camp of music, dance, theater and other expressive arts to heal the wounds of human trafficking.
In 2012, along with Kolkata Sanved and Brooke Shaden, Blossomy offered workshops in story telling and fine art photography called If I Could Fly. In 2013, an exhibition was held at The Harrington Street Arts Centre displaying of the photographs taken during the workshop.
Over the years, the American Center Kolkata has partnered with Blossomy providing support for many of our programs including Restoration of Innocence and If I Could Fly.
November 2015, in partnership with american photographer, Brooke Shaden and local NGO New Light India, Blossomy will open a photography school called The Light Space for survivors of human trafficking.