Yesterday was Independence Day in the US…and also hopefully the start of independence for a group of orphans and other at-risk kids in Bulgaria who will never be lured into child trafficking because of a summer camp they started on July 4.
Part of their daily activities? Swimming, crafts, and oh yeah, learning how to stand up to traffickers--via The Born2Fly Project to stop child trafficking.
About 140-200 kids come to this 6-week summer camp near the Black Sea. The kids are 7-15 years old.
"The Born2Fly wordless book and curriculum will be so helpful for our children at summer camp and in all the surrounding villages and towns," the director of the organization we're partnering with in Bulgaria told me.
The Black Sea is a prime tourist area in eastern Europe and “we know there’s so much damage and abuse here," she added. "Your books will be a big help to us.”
In most of the world, human trafficking is the #2 highest-grossing illegal industry (after illegal drugs). But in eastern Europe—including Bulgaria—it’s #1. Kids, particularly orphans, are regularly lured into child trafficking from which there is almost no escape.
So this is a very strategic place to test the B2F anti-trafficking materials.
I’ll share more information and hopefully pictures as soon as we get them.
Meanwhile if you'd like to donate to Born2Fly to help us continue our critical work of reaching kids before the traffickers do, just click here.