More Too Life Grants
The More Too Life Grants are being offered in partnership with the All 4 Humanity Alliance a Global Anti-exploitation campaign to provide assistance to trafficking survivors who are on a path to fulfill their life as a Champion.
These grants will be offered in the amounts of $1000 to $5,000 based upon the assessment of each application. They are intended to provide assistance where it is needed, whether that be education or training, a computer, transportation, or even child care.
Dr. Brook Bello is the inspiration for the title from her coined phrase and program called Victim to Survivor, Survivor to Thriver, and Thriver to Champion which focuses on identity discovery, naming it the Survivor to Champion Grants. With Dr. Brook Bello it was about her first mentor Jon Voight paying for some of the acting classes that lead her to fulfill her dream of being an actress.
Our grant application process is encouraged by the “Unbroken” life story of Louis Zamperini who overcame brutal torture as a WWII captive. His story is intended to be an inspiration to you, and the framework for a letter that outlines how you would use the Grant and the impact you expect it will have on advancing your life and dream fulfillment. It is important that you understand this is a special way to look at a survivor from a different type of trauma than exploitation or human trafficking. Let’s change the world together.
1) Watch the “Great Zamperini” video about the life story of Louis Zamperini.
2) Read Louis’ letter to his captor (shown below).
3) Write your own letter to Louis and regarding how you would apply the More Too Life Survivor Champion Award to your life to empower you to fulfill your dreams.
4) Submit your Grant application by completing the form below.
5) Please add to the letter what going from a Victim to a Champion means to you as we think about More Too Life and the A4H Campaign.
6) Please add to your letter a small note to Brook and A4H about the importance of discovering your “authentic identity” and what it means to you.
Letter to Louis’ Captor
To Mutsuhiro Watanabe,
As a result of my prisoner of war experience under your unwarranted and unreasonable punishment, my post-war life became a nightmare. It was not so much due to the pain and suffering as it was the tension of stress and humiliation that caused me to hate with a vengeance.
Under your discipline, my rights, not only as a prisoner of war but also as a human being, were stripped from me. It was a struggle to maintain enough dignity and hope to live until the war’s end.
The post-war nightmares caused my life to crumble, but thanks to a confrontation with God through the evangelist Billy Graham, I committed my life to Christ. Love has replaced the hate I had for you. Christ said, “Forgive your enemies and pray for them.”
As you probably know, I returned to Japan in 1952 and was graciously allowed to address all the Japanese war criminals at Sugamo Prison… I asked then about you, and was told that you probably had committed Hara Kiri, which I was sad to hear. At that moment, like the others, I also forgave you and now would hope that you would also become a Christian.
~ Louis Zamperini