Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Shelly Seale is a Mom on a Mission to Travel with a Purpose

Most moms like to travel for fun, a vacation here, a Mommy Spa Day there...

Shelley Seale is a mom whose motto is "Travel with a Purpose".

Most of you have probably seen the recent movie "Slumdog Millionaire". Sometimes, when watching a movie like that, we still feel detached. Shelley traveled to India well before this movie came out, and she told us, "I’ve seen plenty of things like what happened to the characters in that movie happen for real to kids I’ve gotten to know."

When Shelley traveled to India, she saw how many kids were orphaned and left living on the streets to deal with issues like HIV, child labor or the sex trade. It was during that time that she developed a deep compassion for these kids and wanted to help give them a voice in a world where they seemed invisible.

Over the next three years, Shelley worked on her book "The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India". She spent hundreds of hours researching and took four trips to India to meet more children and interview social workers, doctors, and locals living there.

Shelley decided to take her daughter with her in 2006 and it was an experience that helped them bond as mother and daughter forever. Shelley said, "I took her to India with me in 2006, when she was 15 years old, and we spent a week working in the orphanage. It was great for our relationship, as well as an incredible growth experience for her. She wants to go back so badly!"

Check out Shelley Seale's book "The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India" and visit her website for great tips and advice for how people can follow their passions, get involved and make a big difference with even small actions.

About Shelley Seale:
Shelley is a freelance writer, based in Texas. For much of her life she has had the opportunity to be involved in nonprofit work and social activism, many times having to do with children. Growing up, her family fostered many children and even adopted her sister Katie. As an adult, she volunteered to help abused and neglected children and became a mentor for at risk teens.

In 2004, she read Caroline Boudreaux's story of how she journeyed to India and saw hundreds of kids living in hunger and it changed her world forever. Shelly was compelled to sponsor a child in India through The Miracle Foundation that Caroline Boudreaux began. In 2005, Shelly travelled with Caroline to work in the orphanage and meet the children in India. Needless to say, it changed her world forever too.

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