News | Freedom to Walk
As announced in the LSI newsletter Issue 25, La Strada International is a partner and beneficiary of Freedom to Walk, a Bangkok-based campaign to support efforts to end human trafficking. On 3 November 2012, a group of volunteers from around the world will depart on a 16-day, 500-kilometre walk from Bangkok to Myanmar to raise awareness for five organisations who are working to combat human trafficking across industries and continents.
With only three months to go, the preparations for the walk are well underway. Several local hotels, guests houses, community centres and temples have already pledged their support for the campaign by providing meals and/or accommodation for the walkers. Ten walkers have already signed up, including US Governor and former presidential candidate Howard Dean. Every walker has set a personal fundraising goal but the aim to raise at least 100 000 USD for their beneficiaries, and to use the duration of the 16-day Walk to educate a corps of participants about human trafficking and rights-based anti-trafficking efforts.
Freedom to Walk grew out of a friendship between two women - one Thai and one American. “We grew up across the world from one another and met while volunteering in the aftermath of the 2011 floods in Thailand. We share a vision for a future where human rights are respected and a determination to work towards it. Almost exactly a year after we first met, we will depart for the Walk.” Ali is a Yale graduate and currently a volunteer with GAATW in Bangkok; Tanny is a member of the Faculty of Law of the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and used to write for the Bangkok Post.
Freedom to Walk is soliciting walkers, sponsors, donors, and individuals who are able to help suggest and publicise educational material about human trafficking for the benefit of the participants. If you are interested in getting involved in any capacity, visit www.freedomtowalk.org or send an e-mail to email@example.com for more information.