Durga Tree International’s mission is to educate and economically empower survivors of Modern Slavery. Through sound business practices, creating economic platforms and educating survivors, Durga Tree supports programs which enable survivors to become thrivers, thereby increasing their chances of remaining outside of the slavery cycle, as well as protecting their next generation. We believe it is the basic human right of every individual to have personal freedom, no matter their socio-economic status, race, gender, or religion. Only through collaboration and unity will we, together, end human slavery in the 21st century.
As a chapter of Durga Tree, we affirm the mission of Durga Tree International and provide support through fundraising, community outreach, and education with in New England.
Jennifer Schünemann is a successful entrepreneur and has celebrated published works in the medical field. She enjoys traveling the world, advising several medical societies and philanthropic groups, working with local start-up organizations to share what she has learned, and speaking at entrepreneurial events. As a member of the Durga Tree Advisory Board, she is able to contribute her consulting skills to the organization’s plans for financial success and sustainability. She is also a founding member of the New England Chapter of Durga Tree.
Angela Rossi is incredibly excited to be a part of Durga Tree and the New England chapter. She graduated from Emmanuel College with her B.A. in counseling and health psychology with a minor in music and is currently perusing her M.A. in Music Therapy and Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University. Angela works for a public charter high school in Boston, working with students on a range of life skills and executive functioning skills such as organization, using public transportation, cooking, and preparing for the real-world job market and/or college. She is extremely passionate about helping students reach their full potential through skill building and support which in turn allows them to gain more self-confidence and well-being through a sense of independence. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and being outdoors, playing music with friends, and traveling. She cannot wait to use her passion for human growth and development on a global scale with Durga Tree!
Devon Tate has grown up in the Boston area, and is excited and motivated about the start of the Durga Tree New England chapter. During this past year, she met Jennifer Schünemann, who introduced Durga Tree to her. Devon was moved by the mission of Durga Tree International, and was eager to help. In May 2015, Devon graduated from Goucher College with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. She now plans to return to graduate school at Tufts University to study Nutrition Science and Policy. Devon has developed a passion for community nutrition and global food policy; which has encouraged her to defend the basic human rights of all individuals. She believes everyone deserves healthy fresh food, clean water, and more than anything, freedom.