CHEEKIE: A CHILD OUT OF THE DESIRE
Help us turn this book into a movie,
and this movie into a movement!
The Enough Abuse Campaign is helping to crowdsource funds to turn the critically acclaimed novel Cheekie: A Child out of the Desire into a movie - and we need your help! We have partnered with the author, Clarence Nero, called "one of our most promising young authors," by his former mentor the late Dr. Maya Angelou. The Indigogo Campaign Goal is $250,000 - by investing in this project you can help create a movie that tells a story of resilience in the face of the violence, sexual abuse and poverty of the New Orleans Project named Desire. If funded, this incredible story could reach movie-goers across the nation, shedding new light upon the inspiring strength that many Survivors share and motivating audiences to end abuse within their own communities using the tools and collaborative expertise of the Enough Abuse Campaign.
Massachusetts Citizens for Children (MassKids) is the oldest state-based child advocacy organization in the country. Our mission is to improve the lives of the state's most vulnerable children through advocacy by concerned citizens. It was founded in 1959 by pediatrician Martha May Eliot, MD, who served as Chief of the U.S. Children’s Bureau and held influential positions in both the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). With active support from Governor Foster Furculo, they established MCC as a permanent, independent citizens’ voice for Massachusetts’ most vulnerable children.
Throughout its 55-year history, our organization’s work has been grounded in the belief that all Massachusetts children have the inherent right -
- To be safe from abuse, neglect, and violence;
- To be economically secure and free from poverty;
- To receive quality medical and preventive care;
- To learn in quality child care and school settings; and
- To live in caring families and healthy communities.
Since 1986 MassKids has served as the Massachusetts Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. MassKids currently works to prevent child abuse through the work of the Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Center and the soon to be launched "Choose Your Partner Carefully" project. It leads the Enough Abuse Campaign - a multi-state initiative working to educate and mobilize parents, professionals and communities to prevent child sexual abuse. Click here for highlights of MassKids' work and accomplishments for children.