Great news: We're expanding the test phase of the Born2Fly Project to stop child trafficking. Many of the organizations around the world that I wrote about here have agreed to test the anti-trafficking curriculum and wordless book in their countries.
- So far we have commitments from Bulgaria to teach B2F at a summer camp for kids. Child trafficking is huge in eastern Europe, so this is a great place to reach kids before the traffickers do.
- And the safe house in northern Thailand that I wrote about here will also test the materials this summer. This is where the "black van...goes around neighborhoods stealing children."
- In the Philippines, an organization will be testing B2F at one school in a city and another in a tribal area. This group has been working with schools and government offices to set up a anti-trafficking education program. They already have access to every high school in the region and have been meeting with a number of governors and mayors to expand the program. They were ready to design a curriculum when they heard about B2F and asked us if they could use it for trafficking prevention in their area.
We're also waiting to hear from organizations working in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Haiti, and Guatemala that have expressed interest in testing B2F in those countries. They'll let us know within the next month.
Meanwhile here's a mom (left) in the Dominican Republic "reading" the Born2Fly wordless book with her daughter.
Yes, the mom is young! She had her daughter when she was 14. She's now a community health care worker and also teaches kindergarten. Her story is a remarkable one in itself, and she wants a much better life for her girls than she has had.
This mom and 6 other community health team members are trial teaching the B2F materials to their own children. Child trafficking is a real problem throughout the DR and these moms are teaching their kids how to spot traffickers and avoid being enslaved.
Watch this space for more details.