Today we celebrated India’s Independence Day (a day early). The girls did skits, sang songs, had a debate, read a poem, and danced. The staff also performed a skit for the girls. The theme was Freedom. The girls did an amazing job of performing different aspects of freedom. Several times I had to hold back tears as I thought about the different perspectives of what they were saying.

One skit the girls did showed a person who was not free and then how they became free. This was especially moving. They had a child bride, a child who was a domestic servant, a sex trafficking victim, and an illiterate girl. Then a person came and helped them to receive freedom It was very emotional to watch them act out situations that some of them have found themselves in and to realize how important freedom really is.

They ended with a dance that they choreographed. It spoke about being such a small, insignificant person and yet someone came to free them. To me this was so touching because they really could sing the songs as if they had written the words themselves.

I am a flower quickly fading,
Here today and gone tomorrow.
A wave tossed in the ocean.
A vapor in the wind.
Still You hear me when I’m calling.
You catch me when I’m falling.
And You’ve told me who I am.
I am Yours.

Freedom takes on new meaning for me today because of these girls.

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