Dao’s Story: A story of freedom and hope
A21 + My Social Canvas
“From Sadness we can Smile” - hand drawn by Dao, Survivor
It's a story about freedom and hope. Meet Dao, the survivor who inspired this collection to help other survivors just like her walk into their freedom fully restored.
Our My Social Canvas x A21 collection is so unique and so stunning because of the story it tells. It is about the resilience and strength of a strong and beautiful woman that wrote a letter of gratitude to A21.
Her name is Dao. She was rescued by A21 in thailand.
She wrote letters to A21. She shared that A21 had saved her life and her sadness had turned to hope. Dao hopes that the “From Sadness We Can Smile” collection featuring her artwork will bring other human trafficking victims to freedom.
Why this is so much more than fashion...
In August 2016, I met Christine Caine, the Founder of A21 at a conference. Christine sat next to me and we started talking about our passion for philanthropy and making a difference. Christine asked me about my work, and I shared with her the story of My Social Canvas. That day, Christine gave me her email. She suggested we stay in touch and if the right opportunity came along, we should explore ways to work together in the future.
Fast forward almost two years — we are now about to launch an absolutely beautiful collection with A21 to fund their work. The collection isn't beautiful because of the products, it is the message it brings to the world that makes it special. It features the handwriting of a young woman named Dao, a victim of human trafficking. She was rescued by A21 in Thailand. Dao’s message in Thai is translated to, “From Sadness we can Smile.” This is so much more than a t-shirt. It is a story of freedom!
With Love, Lisa - Founder of My Social Canvas