And where in the world is he?
If you're wondering who the "PawPaw" is in "PawPaw's Pals," here's the inside story. PawPaw is the title character in my children's book series, Adventures With PawPaw, about a little dog who travels the world introducing young children to other countries and cultures.
Artist Leah Wiedemer painted the watercolor illustrations that bring PawPaw's travels to life, and graphic designer Cathleen Kwas designed the books (and PawPaw's logos). The first 3 titles in the series are China, France, and Costa Rica, which are available at www.adventureswithpawpaw.com, and we're working on Italy, Israel, Kenya, Egypt, and Thailand.
A portion of the profits from book sales goes to PawPaw's Pals, an international relief agency helping children in disaster and crisis situations around the world. We've helped children affected by the tsunami in Asia, hurricanes in the US, earthquakes in Indonesia, the famine in Ethiopia, and many more disasters. Our ongoing crisis focus is child trafficking.
PawPaw is quite the world traveler. He's already been on 3 international trips with me, visiting a safe house in Thailand for girls at risk for child trafficking, a home for AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe...
and a Bedouin camp in Israel where he met a new pal.
At the moment, PawPaw is perched by my suitcase, about to head back to Thailand in a few days where I'll be working on PawPaw's Pals' "Not For Sale" child-trafficking awareness project.
Our goal is to develop a multimedia anti-trafficking campaign to create awareness about child trafficking, with the ultimate goal of ending it. We'll test the model in Thailand, then make it available to other countries where trafficking is also a crisis.
If you'd like to be part of this project, we're looking for individuals and organizations to partner with us through financial support. PawPaw's Pals is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax deductible. You can make a secure donation online, or email me for more information.
I better get back to packing. PawPaw is bringing way too much stuff, and I don't think he's up on the new TSA rules about not bringing hair gel on board...