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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -
When most people go on vacation, they want to just unwind. But one amazing Arizonan uses her time off to save lives, all while risking her own

Leah Stenzel spends most of her days at her salon and medspa in Scottsdale called Le Bella Spa. 

But in her off-time, she's in Ghana, Africa, where her nonprofit Global Rescue Project has launched. 

"We fund and help with the aid of rescuing enslaved children," Stenzel said.She said thousands of children are enslaved in this part of Ghana in West Africa - usually sold by their own parents. 

"Either watch your child starve to death or sell them in hopes that we will get a better life and unfortunately that's just not what happens," Stenzel said. She said these kids - who are as young as 4 years old - are beaten and starved and forced to go out fishing all day. 

"We step in and negotiate with their masters for their release and take them to an orphanage called village of life," Stenzel said.

She said sometimes things get dicey with the so-called masters, but on her trip back in October, she and her team were able to rescue three children. 

"You hold them and you love them and you tell them everything is going to be OK," Stenzel said. "After you see that, there is no turning back, for me."

The Global Rescue Project is holding a fundraiser tomorrow night at Rockbar in Scottsdale.
 
For more information, visit: http://www.globalrescueproject.org/. 

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