I had the privilege of hearing the two girls who spearheaded The Butterfly Effect Migration Project several weeks ago in San Francisco when they told their story to an audience of 500 people.
Together they spoke of how they got the idea for the project over the summer, how their mothers helped them, and how by October, 15,000 hand-made butterflies had been made to represent the 15,000 children detained at our nation's southern border.
To see just how remarkable these two young women are, take a minute to watch their video.
“We are going to walk around the Senate building and hand out butterflies to senators.”--Lily Ellis
10. “We really hope they take it seriously and vote to end child detention." - - Kaia Marbin, 11.
Today, the number of paper butterflies is over 41,000, and they are in our nation's capital.
"The Convention, which is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty, sets out a number of children’s rights including the right to life, to health, to education and to play, as well as the right to family life, to be protected from violence, to not be discriminated, and to have their views heard."
It is time for every child, to have every right, and Lily and Kaia...we are so proud of you. The empathy, conviction, and action you have taken on behalf of children everywhere is to be congratulated.
We are ALL in this together. Connection...with your baby...and with the struggle for a better world for all children...unites us all.
It is true, the butterfly that flaps its wings effects the world.