Saturday, January 15, 2011
My heart is bursting with knowledge of an issue, and an action, that I have no choice but to share.
I care about social issues, and typically I am able to engage in my fair share of political wonkiness discussing remedies to things like a broken public education system, the childhood obesity epidemic, and immigration policy.
But there is one issue that messes with my head and heart in a way that I just can't shake. It causes my voice to catch and all notions of clear-minded banter just slip away.
Child exploitation and human sex trafficking.
Even typing that phrase makes my stomach lurch. In 2011 it is happening all over the world. Children as young as 6 sold into sexual slavery. It's happening to little girls in Thailand. It's happening to little boys in Cambodia.
It is happening to little boys and girls on the streets and in hotels in the United States.
If you don't want your world rocked, I recommend that you not visit this website to learn of the second most lucrative criminal industry in the world (second only to drug trafficking).
Because once you read, I promise you that you won't be able to un-know.
I read. My mind was wrecked. But my heart was encouraged by the work of Love146, and I think yours will be too. Formed in 2002, Love146 is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to "The abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation. Nothing less." And what they are doing to educate the public about child exploitation and sex slavery, to prevent and eliminate this wretched practice, and, equally important, to provide safe homes and aftercare and reintegration resources for children who have been victimized by this thriving criminal industry is phenomenal.
Interested in the work of Love146? Want to know how you can get involved easily and immediately, and get the word out about this organization's work? Friends, you're in luck.
My incredible soul sister Megan, whose heart for this issue knows no boundaries, has connected with Love146 to organize a project surrounding (get this!) children's school Valentine's Day parties. Megan's Give: LOVE provides you with (1) a DARLING, interactive project you can do with your kids that (2) gets the word out about Love146's work, and (3) replaces those ugly boxed Valentine's cards that they're going to take to school anyway with something parents will see and notice. A win all the way around.
I hope you'll take a moment to click over to SortaCrunchy and read more details about Megan's Give: LOVE project. My two daughters and my son will be participating in Give: LOVE this year, and I haven't been this excited about a school Valentine's party in... maybe ever.
And then I suspect you'll be curious about what kind of amazing mama came up with this incredible idea. And so you'll want to spend a few moments reading about Megan. And then, I anticipate you'll be jealous of me and the fact that Megan is a member of my Village who challenges my heart to be better daily.
photo by seyed mostafa zamani
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