What Can One Person Do?      [Main Story]

iana Scimone has traveled to more than 40 countries and seen the devastation that many of the world’s children face. She founded PawPaw’s Pals, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, to respond to those needs.

“When I began to research how we could help stop child trafficking,” Scimone explains, “I kept hearing that kids get sold into trafficking because they don’t know any better. Their parents are unaware, too.”

As a journalist, Scimone knew she couldn’t rescue kids, start a safe house, or provide aftercare—but she could write. During a meeting with counselors and safe-house directors in Thailand, she had an idea. “If I write awareness materials for kids and parents,” she asked them, “could you use them?”

The answer was an enthusiastic “Yes.” Scimone came home, launched the Not For Sale child-trafficking awareness campaign, and started writing.She’s completed a children’s book that she hopes will be published in the U.S. to raise awareness and funds for the project. She and illustrator Leah Wiedemer are also collaborating by taking the plot of the story and turning it into a small picture book for at-risk children around the world—a wordless picture book. Why wordless? “So we don’t have to get it translated and printed in hundreds of languages,” Scimone explains. “A wordless picture book will save millions of dollars on translation and printing.”

For more information about PawPaw’s Pals, go to www.pawpawspals.org/index.php, or contact Scimone at
info@paw pawspals.org.

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