Susan Gibb wrote the powerful story "Keisha" for the Lost Children challenge:
What inspired your story?
As with most of us, I think we looked into the eyes of this child and merely wrote down what was drawn out of us. No one can look into those eyes and not feel the depths of humanity. For me, lucky to have been born into a loving middle-class family, I try to understand the lives of others who haven't had the luxury of a stable home.
What makes this cause important to you?
Because it's been an opportunity offered to writers to be able to do something more than just write about the trauma and pure poverty that so many children suffer in this world. It's easy enough to write a story but when it's back by your generous efforts to dedicate funding to charity, it's just all the more important. It offers help. It's both personal and focused and so much more than caring without action.
Tell us a bit about yourself and where to find more of your writing.
I've always written poems and stories and knew that someday I'd make it a more serious effort than just self-satisfaction or a means to communicate. There's a writer and poet in all of us. It just takes some time to give yourself the permission to put the effort and feeling into it and let it out into the world.