A Wilmington student named Helen Xiao is using her needle to prevent human trafficking.
After researching the issue, Xiao knew she wanted to make a difference. For her senior project at New Hanover High School, she made dresses for young girls vulnerable to trafficking.
Xiao is supporting an organization called Dress a Girl around the World. The non-profit organization serves people in over 200 countries, and they believe every young girl deserves the dignity of owning at least one dress. Dress a Girl around the World also attaches its label to these dresses, sending an additional message that each girl is under care of an organization, giving additional protection from possible traffickers.
For her senior project, Xiao made 10 dresses from pillow cases. She will be sending a total of 40 dresses to the organization. Her example shows that anyone can take actions, big or small, to raise awareness in hopes of preventing human trafficking!