We asked our friend Diana Scimone to guest post for us this week. Diana is director of The Born2Fly Project to stop child trafficking. B2F educates at-risk children and their parents about the dangers of trafficking through a strategic 6-week community campaign called The B2F Project. B2F creates awareness about child trafficking with the ultimate goal of ending it.
We wrote about Diana and The Born2Fly Project last year: What is a Child Worth?
This Sunday, Born2Fly is sponsoring the 10/10/10 Twitterthon to raise funds to fight child trafficking. The goal is 10,000 people giving $10 each to help stop child trafficking. We’ve already donated—and wanted to let you know why.
Director, The Born2Fly Project to stop child trafficking.
I can’t get a picture out of my head. Maybe you can help me. Recently I met with an anti-trafficking colleague who does great work rescuing trafficked kids in Cambodia, Ethiopia, and even in the US.
A few months ago he and his colleagues were in Ethiopia in a red-light district rescuing girls. They could rescue only a certain number of girls because that’s all the room they had in their safe houses.
But more girls showed up. A lot of them.
And this is the picture I can’t get out of my mind: They ran up to him carrying all their worldly possessions in little plastic bags—and they begged him to take them away from the horror.
And he had to say no. I can’t even imagine the pain in his heart at having to do that. I cried for days after he told me.
You might say, “Why didn’t he just take them all? Figure out what to do once he had them.”
Easy to say from your comfortable computer chair reading this. Where would you take 100 traumatized little girls? You can’t just hail a cab. You can’t just show up on someone’s doorstep and say, “Can you take a girl or two? Feed them, clean them, house them, heal them, love them?”
When my colleague told me this story, we talked about another kind of begging—that we constantly feel like we’re begging for money to fund our projects to help kids trafficked for sex. I spend as much time fund-raising for Born to Fly as I do on the actual project. It’s sad but true. He’d tell you the same thing.
Last year someone accused me of constantly begging for money for Born to Fly. “Something must be wrong if you’re always begging for money,” this person graciously wrote in an email. “I’m going to ask God what’s wrong in your life. There must be sin somewhere that He’s not blessing your efforts.”
I don’t mind begging for money to help little girls like the ones I can’t get out of my mind. This Sunday—10/10/10—we’re hosting our second annual Twitterthon to raise funds for The B2F Project to stop child trafficking so that girls like the ones in Ethiopia never get trafficked in the first place.
Our goal is 10,000 people giving $10 each on 10/10/10. The only problem is I don’t know 10,000 people. And maybe you do not either—but all of us working together probably do.
So here’s what I’m asking you to do:
- Donate: Use the Chip-in widget above (or here) to donate $10. (You don’t have to wait until 10/10/10 to donate of course.)
- Email: Tell 10 people about 10/10/10 and send them to www.born2fly.org or http://www.dianascimone.com.
- Blog: Post about 10/10/10.
- Facebook: Talk about 10/10/10; include the Chip-in widget.
- Twitter: Tweet about it. Follow me, @DianaScimone, director of The B2F Project.
- Updates: Check my blog for the latest: www.dianascimone.com
- Show: Add a Twibbon to your Twitter and Facebook photos: http://twb.ly/9Hccsi
Traffickers think kids are commodities. On 10/10/10, tell kids they’re priceless. All it takes is $10.
Forgive me for begging…but if those little girls can do it, so can I.