I can barely keep up with my inbox--and I couldn't be happier.
As of today, more than 140 organizations in 50+ countries have registered to receive our Born2Fly anti-trafficking curriculum and wordless book. Their registrations pop up in my inbox; once I approve them (and make sure they're not traffickers themselves), I send them a password to download the materials without charge.
We ask these partner organizations to estimate how many kids they'll teach B2F to, and the conservative estimate is 70,000 kids!
That number could go up dramatically because one organization in South Africa is already in 6,500 schools, so that could easily add thousands more children!
Pretty cool to know we'll get to those kids before the traffickers do.
These organizations are from Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, England, Fiji, Ghana, Greece, Haiti, India, Ireland, Kazakstan, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Moldova, Nepal, Philippines, Rwanda, Ukraine, the US, Vietnam, and many other countries.
Here's what they're telling us:
Kenya: "There's daily news of the sudden disappearance of school children. Trafficking is rampant. We'll teach Born2Fly to 1,500 rural children."
Kazakstan, Ukraine, Moldova: "Trafficking among teens is very high here. We'll teach B2F to 1,000s of teens from November 2012 thru June 2015."
Philippines: "We have 85 free kindergartens for poorest of the poor kids—below poverty level so they are very vulnerable. We'd teach B2F to them—2,000 kids."
Togo: "The zone where we minister is very exposed to child trafficking. We'll teach B2F to 200 children as soon as we receive the materials."
South Africa: "In our area there's enormous amount of trafficking especially young teens trafficked from rural areas to urban cities with the promise of a better life. They end up being prostituted locally and abroad. We speak to 10,000 students a year and could teach B2F to them."
Thailand: "We'll teach the B2F anti-trafficking program to 300 children ages 10-16." // Note from Diana: This is a safehouse that pilot-tested B2F for us last year. Now they're reaching out to their community.
Philippines: "We feed at least 100 street people a day. We will teach Born2Fly anti-trafficking program on the streets where the people are."
US: "Our city is very slow to respond [to awareness & prevention]. We need this program!"
Philippines: "We're building a safehouse for cybersexually abused girls ages 1-12 and trafficked girls usually sold by parents and relatives and can teach B2F to them."
Ghana: "An estimated 7,000-27,000 children (no one knows for sure) are trafficked in Ghana for fishing and agriculture. We desperately need curriculum for them."
Haiti: "We're planning a 2-day conference in September
on the rights of children and the child servitude problem here. Your
materials will be helpful."
US: "We are a group home in the US that works with teen girls. We deal with many issues including trafficked girls and can teach B2F to them."
India: "We want to raise awareness about child trafficking here and warn all those involved that we will not allow this to go on!"
Malaysia: "We provide awareness to kids and parents. Kids have been kidnapped and killed after a few months and some even disappeared with no news of them."
Philippines: "Our city is destination, source and transit city for trafficked children. We work with street kids every Saturday. We’ll teach B2F to 800 kids."
Pretty exciting, huh? Whoops, gotta go. Three more registrations just popped up in my inbox...