In spite of huge challenges, The Born2Fly Project to stop child trafficking made huge gains in 2009. And you were a part of that.
If you gave to B2F, prayed for B2F, tweeted about us, blogged about us, posted about us on your Facebook page, emailed me, or encouraged me in the fight--you helped make 2009 a strategic year.
Here's what you and I and the B2F team accomplished in 2009 to help stop child trafficking:
1. Finished writing the manuscript for Born to Fly, a story to warn kids and parents about the ploys that traffickers use.
2. Completed nearly 500 illustrations to turn that manuscript into a wordless book; artist Leah Wiedemer did a brilliant job.
3. Designed the wordless book and prepared it for print. Hat tip to book designer Cathleen Kwas for fantastic work.
4. Continued writing the B2F curriculum that goes with the book; we'll give this to teachers around the world free of charge.
5. Partnered with educators to help write the curriculum.
6. Linked with translators around the world who'll translate the curriculum into Russian, Thai, French, and many other languages.
7. Heard from 20-25 organizations around the world who've asked to distribute the B2F materials as soon as they're ready. (We're working on many other distribution avenues, too.)
8. Teamed with 2 web developers as we prepare to put the entire wordless book and curriculum online as an additional distribution vehicle.
9. Launched the 09-09-09 Twitterthon: 9,000 people giving $9 each on September 9 to stop child trafficking. We didn't reach our financial goal for the Twitterthon, but we...
10. Increased our reach and number of partners, thanks to 09-09-09.
11. Collaborated with dozens of bloggers who wrote about B2F and the fight to stop child trafficking. (See partial list here.)
12. Networked with 100+ anti-trafficking organizations and individuals on Twitter. (See partial list here.)
13. Produced a new brochure on The B2F Project.
14. Posted on this blog 1-2 times a week to increase awareness about child trafficking around the world and in the US.
15. Guest-posted or was interviewed on others' blogs about how to stop child trafficking (here and here, for example).
16. Promoted the work of B2F in many publications and websites ranging from Charisma to the Huffington Post to Mashable.com. (See more here.)
17. Talked with numerous reporters for stories, and spoke frequently about the efforts to stop this pandemic.
18. Interviewed Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, head of the State Department office to combat trafficking and told him about our work. (Read it here.)
19. Met regularly with the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking to help stop child trafficking locally.
Taking on the world's 2nd-highest grossing illegal industry is not easy and not without enormous opposition, but we're making progress.On behalf of the millions of children who will never be trafficked because of your help--thank you.