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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.

Begging

By Diana Scimone

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.”

Ooookay.

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.

Diana Scimone is director of The Born2Fly Project to stop child trafficking. She blogs at http://www.dianascimone.com.

 

  

It’s not over. It won’t be over for years. The nightmare in Haiti continues with lack of services, food, medical care and shelter. Yes,  relief is coming and much has been distributed on behalf of the caring world, but it’s not over. What about tomorrow, or the next day, next week, next month or even next year? The country of Haiti was devastated and the city of  Port-au-Prince was destroyed in one day, but it will take years to rebuild and revitalize that country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am sure that all of us have seen or experienced devastation. Our own country over the years has suffered national disasters that we would not want repeated. In Haiti devastation and extreme loss of life and suffering is being experienced by both young and old, rich and poor. 

            We ask ourselves, “What can I do?” Often we see reports of devastation from the constant barrage of newscasts that surround us. What has happened recently in Haiti is no different. We try to escape it. We occupy our thoughts with other things and the mundane of life, but in the back of our minds we know there is suffering everywhere.

            What can I do? I can’t go. I can’t help. I can’t assist in the search for lost people. But not being there does not mean you cannot help. We have all known someone who has suffered the loss of a loved one or known someone who has been devastated by disaster. Sometimes we are at a loss for words as to what we should say to that person to comfort them because we really do not know what they are going through. But you know what that person will remember without you saying a word? It is your embrace! I cannot go to Haiti. I cannot be there to help. I watch the news reports and say to myself, “Do something!” I cannot physically be there, but I can do something.

            I can give money, offer prayers, and assist in packaging up goods and food that will be taken there by others. I can do something! All of us together can “hug” that country. We can “embrace” those who are suffering with whatever we can contribute.

            I can help. I can make a difference! You do not have to stand on the sidelines and not get into the game. All of us can do something. All of us can make a difference. Please start today. (Please check out to the best of your ability, the charity you are contributing to so that your money is really being used for the cause.) Check out any organization at sites for the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org); the Foundation Center (http://foundationcenter.org), or Charity Navigator (www.CharityNavigator.org). Don’t use Web sites that ask for detailed personal information, such as your Social Security number, birthdate or bank account and pin information.

            Find a way to donate money to Haiti. Join a group, church or synagogue that is packaging up food, clothing, and personal hygiene packages to be sent to the needy and suffering people of Haiti. There are groups forming all over this country who are packaging up goods, food, water and clothing that will be shipped to Haiti.

            There has been extreme loss of life, loss of family, monetary means of support and that will continue for weeks and months and years as the country gets rebuilt. Who is going to do that? You are! All of us together can make a difference that will last for generations to come. Do something today! Please.

Please do not forget about Haiti and the massive needs of the people.
 
Find a way to help through a  legitimate charity, your church or synagogue to make a difference today.

31 Days

This is a wonderful time of the year. But too often we forget what the season is all about and forget about those around us. We are in such a hurry to get everything done that we do not take the time to really connect with people. We need to take the time to notice people, children, co-workers, pets, the elderly, military families and the homeless. Think about what you can do for the next 31 days. Try it and see what happens. If these ideas do not fit your lifestyle, start your own list and make a difference starting today.

 

I’ve created my list for December and here is what I will strive to do each day this month. Starting today!

DECEMBER :

  1. Start the month with optimism as we enter a wonderful time of the year. Decide within yourself to make a difference.
  2. If there is someone at work who you know is struggling, take a few moments to encourage them and let them know how important they are to the company.
  3. Visit a homeless shelter. Take groceries and clothing to help someone in need.
  4. Take a friend to lunch to let them know how important they are to you and how much you value their friendship.
  5. Visit an animal shelter. Adopt a pet, or donate supplies to provide a better life for the animals there.
  6. Perform one random act of kindness for someone you come in contact with. Open a door, yield in traffic, give a compliment, etc. You know you can do it.
  7. Begin the work week with a positive attitude and despite a troubled economy that affects business and family, make a determined effort to make a difference at work.
  8. Be polite and cordial to everyone you meet, no matter what.
  9. Make a real effort before a family dinner to look around the table and tell everyone in your life how important they are to you.
  10. Do something for the environment today. Think about it carefully and find something that will make a difference. Think green all day!
  11. At lunch today, give something extra to your server and put a smile on their face.
  12. Call a friend that you have not spoken to for a while to reconnect and get caught up on each other’s lives.
  13. Take time to share with your kids how much they mean to you and how blessed you are to be their parent.
  14. If you see any military personnel at lunch today, consider picking up their tab.
  15. Tell your spouse how much you love and adore them and spend time reconnecting.
  16. Visit an elderly person you know and see what they may need or what you can do for them today.
  17. At your next dinner party give everyone paper and pen and let each write down what they are thankful for. Put them in a binder and leave out for all to read.
  18. Find a needy family and bring them a Christmas tree with all the trimmings and food for the holidays.
  19. Donate blood to your local blood bank today.
  20. Visit your local food pantry and ask them what they are in need of and then do whatever you can to meet that need.
  21. Call an estranged family member and apologize, even if it was not your fault.
  22. Call your parents just to talk and thank them for all they have done for you. If your parents are not still alive, then call an elderly person who may need to hear from you.
  23. If you have a grandchild, spend the day with them. Take the time to get to know them and let them bond with you.
  24. Call every family member you can to wish them a happy holiday and let them know how important they are to you.
  25. Be blessed and bless someone else today. Be grateful and thankful all day.
  26. Be positive all day. No complaining, no matter what. Even if you’re fighting crowds to return a gift.
  27. Donate clothes, toys or anything extra you may have after Christmas as there are many needs yet to be met.
  28. Take a walk and reflect on the beauty of this world. Spend some quiet time and enjoy everything around you.
  29. Read a book or write notes of encouragement to friends and family for the New Year.
  30. Think of some wonderful act of kindness someone bestowed upon you and look for opportunities to do the same for someone else.
  31. Plan your 2010 year of giving. Donate to your favorite charity and consider what you plan to do this New Year to make a difference in someone’s life.

I hope that I will be successful with my list and I will make every effort to do so.

Please make your own list and please share with me what you may be doing to make a difference over the next 31 days. I would love to hear from you and share with others what you are doing. Write me and good luck!