Non-profit Love Light & Melody held a fundraiser on May 14 at the Kenilworth Club for a Kickstarter program, “Ileana’s Smile.”
The lead singer from the band Dispatch started the project and was also in attendance. The event attracted 80 people and raised more than $20,000 toward a goal of $133,000.
The film “Ileana’s Smile” is the story of Ileana, a little girl who grew up in a trash dump community in Managua, Nicaragua. As a child she was forced into prostitution by her parents to make money for her family. Tragically, she contracted HIV and passed away in 2011. The film shines a light on the growing need to protect children vulnerable to sexual exploitation worldwide.
Using the funds raised from this campaign, Love Light & Melody will be producing a feature-length documentary on Ileana’s short, beautiful yet tragic life. The film will raise awareness for the International Justice Mission and World Childhood Foundation, two leading organizations fighting to protect children vulnerable to sexual exploitation world wide. The expected release date for the film is November 2015.
To support this project, visit lovelightandmelody.org.