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Under the Mango Tree: Preventing Child Labor Trafficking

Chris Field is the Founder and Executive Director of The Mercy Project, a non-profit working in Ghana to prevent kids from being trafficked into labor in small fishing villages. Field was born in Houston but found his way to College Station where, at 19, he ran for mayor. Later, he started a summer camp, and […]

Chris Field is the Founder and Executive Director of The Mercy Project, a non-profit working in Ghana to prevent kids from being trafficked into labor in small fishing villages.

Field was born in Houston but found his way to College Station where, at 19, he ran for mayor. Later, he started a summer camp, and he founded the Bryan/College Station Marathon.

He’s written a children’s book, Under The Mango Tree: A Story of Friendship and Freedom, which aims to start a dialogue between parents and children about a difficult issue like child labor.

Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin spoke with Field about what drives him to start non-profits, and live a life slightly less ordinary.

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Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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