In the past 12 months, Born2Fly sorta exploded...in a good way, that is.
When the World Cup arrived in Brazil last summer, we were ready. We translated our anti-trafficking curriculums into Portuguese and partnered with MorningStar to reach kids before the traffickers do -- and now B2F will be taught in public schools around the country.
As a result of our train-the-trainer workshops in Kenya last summer and fall, kids in Nairobi and the surrounding area have been learning the Born2Fly program so they can spot the lies that traffickers tell.
The 40 young women we helped train in Nepal in the fall of 2013 spent all last year traveling to villages around their country. They teach children, parents, and teachers what really happens when traffickers show up and offer to "educate" their girls. They've even started "Mothers Against Trafficking" clubs.
More than 600 organizations have registered to teach B2F -- including one in Romania that is reaching at-risk girls and boys so they can keep safe from traffickers and be free to follow their dreams.
In 2014 we entered into a strategic alliance with MorningStar, an international ministry that partners with hundreds of organizations and individuals around the world. We're already planning Skype trainings, internships, and much more for 2015.
In 2014 we launched our 2nd anti-trafficking program for kids, debuted it throughout India in Hindi, and are talking with a major international broadcast network to translate and air it worldwide -- and host B2F trainings wherever it airs.
In 2014 we continued working locally through our powerful partnership with the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force where I'm co-chair of the education subcommittee. At this month's 7th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Orlando, B2F will be featured in the children's tent. Florida has one of the highest rates of trafficking in the US so we'll teach kids and parents how to spot the lies traffickers tell. Last year 6,000 people attended the event and we expect even more this year.
Prevention, prevention, prevention
YOU helped us reach explosive growth in 2014 and take Born2Fly all over the world. YOU helped us keep untold numbers of girls and boys from ever being trafficked. YOU helped us sound the alarm that it is more difficult and expensive to rescue a child than to keep her from ever being trafficked in the first place.
YOU helped us do this with just 1 staff person (me) and a shoe-string budget.
Explosions can be good....and they can be bad. Somewhere in the world is a child whose world is exploding around her. The footsteps outside her door -- the 20th of the night -- explode within her heart. There are millions of such explosions going on right now all over the world. Even in your backyard.
Thank you for your donations, prayers, love, and encouragement that will help us in 2015 continue to reach children before the traffickers ever do -- so that they never have to endure that explosive horror.