Sparrow's Hope: 2 Million Steps for Hope

On January 15, 2017, American John Moriarty, Indian Tharun Kumar and Australian Chris Smith traversed 1,000 miles (1,610 kilometers/2,000,000 steps) in a unique expedition that explored the human slavery issue in India. According to the United Nations, human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world. According to the US Dept. of State of the 14 million enslaved in India, more than 1.4 million children are sexually trafficked in India. Because of the unreported cases the number is nearer to 2 million. The running expedition encompasses three of the largest cities in India (Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai) an area in which hundreds of thousands of children are kidnapped, sold and manipulated into this industry every year. According to the Times of India (3 rd largest circulated newspaper in India), India has become the child slave capital of the world, responsible for nearly half or over 14 million of the 30 million enslaved worldwide. This number is also corroborated by the Geneva based International Labor Organization (ILO).

Moriarty, Kumar and Smith set out on this journey to raise funds and awareness in Rahab’s Ropes’ efforts to rescue and rehabilitate some of the children who have been wrapped up in the world of slave trade. Numerous Indians joined the trio along portions of the route. They were physically, mentally and spiritually prepared to undertake this journey, knowing the significance of each step along the way. Over the course of the six weeks, they traveled 50 kilometers (30 miles) six days a week, allowing for one day of rest. Oh the Sabbath!!!

The expedition desired to raise at least $1 for every step John, Tharun and Chris took. Each of the 2 million steps is on the behalf of each of the 2 million children in India who are sexually exploited and enslaved. Along the way, a documentary was be filmed to continue cultivating future fundraising and awareness of this issue.

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  • In 2017 our team traveled 1000 miles from Mumbai to Chennai as we ran the distance in 34 days speaking at schools and universities about the issue of human trafficking. In 2018 our team ran and biked 500 miles from Chennai to Kovalam in 15 days speaking to thousands of students. We thank the Rotary Clubs of India for taking an interest in this issue and sponsoring our dinners and lodging. We thank Indian local and state police for escorting us and many newspapers and local news stations for covering our efforts to draw awareness of human slavery. In January/February 2019 we hope to cover 750 miles running/biking from Guntur to Kolkata.

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Human Trafficking

In February of 2017, Sparrow's Hope was voted to become one of the coalition members/organizations of The Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition (CORRC). Check out more info by visiting www.centralohiorescueandrestore.org. The mission of CORRC is to provide a collaborative community response to human trafficking in Central Ohio through education, services, advocacy and prosecution.

- To report a tip or get help please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888


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Sparrow's Hope 2018

We will run for Sparrow Hope (domestically and internationally) and the Freeman Project (locally). In 2017, we ran for International Justice Mission, Rahab's Rope and Survivor's Ink.