We're so excited to work with these 2 awesome organizations!
Light Nepal works to stop child trafficking by education and prevention, and is one of Born2Fly's partners in Nepal. The organization's president, Bhuvan Devkota, has translated our B2F curriculum into Nepali and his team is preparing to teach it in Kathmandu as well as in remote villages in the shadow of the Himalayas.
Child trafficking is rampant in many of these villages. Girls are regularly taken from here to brothels in the rest of the country and across the border into India. You know my story of seeing cages in Mumbai, India, that held little girls.
So many girls are taken, in fact, that in some villages there are absolutely NO GIRLS OR WOMEN because they've all been trafficked.
In other villages, Bhuvan and his team can't even do awareness training because the parents make too much money selling their daughters and don't want anyone to stop them.
Thankfully Bhuvan is not deterred -- and that's why B2F loves working with him.
Fighting for Futures
And that also describes Cathleen Angelo, co-founder of Fighting for Futures, an international organization focused on creative education and hands-on problem solving.
In 2009 Cathleen (aka Felecia Cruz) was in Cambodia and saw more than you want to know. She helped get one child off the streets, came home and raised money to enroll her in school, and raised money and helped build bathrooms (with her own hands) for the school.
An independent filmmaker, she's done work all over the world, has been sponsored by major photography companies, held videography workshops for at-risk kids in many countries, and more:
Cathleen has been emailing me literally for 5 years offering to help B2F. Last week she was in Orlando and we finally met face-to-face. Within a few hours, the entire trip to Nepal came together.
Cathleen and her team will:
- Document Born2Fly's work holding trafficking prevention and awareness classes for at-risk children, teens, parents, and teachers in Kathmandu and remote villages with Light Nepal
- Create a video for B2F
- Host videography workshops for children using FFF's sponsored GoPro video cams
- Perform a concert for the children and their families at the end of each workshop
- Do whatever other service projects come up to help local organizations that work to fight child trafficking
Cathleen is raising the funds for herself and her team for this trip. Just click on her indiegogo page to give.
And you don't have to give a lot to make a difference. In fact, "If you give just $3," Cathleen says, "and ask your friends to do that, we'll reach our goal."
Together let's light up Nepal and reach more kids before the traffickers do, okay?