“Wherever you go, I’ll come there and bring you back.” These were the words of the owner of a...
She is strong. She is brave. She is free.
Submitted by jvenkatarangam on 06 March 2018
As the crowd cheered my team-mates and me, I couldn’t stop smiling. I was so happy to be there on that field, winning a medal for my team. Today, I am a district-level hockey player. One day, I hope to represent my country. I know I can do it.
Just a few years ago, I was a domestic servant washing dishes and clothes for no salary. My owner physically abused me. Later, I discovered he had been preparing me to enter the world of prostitution. Luckily, that day never came.
I was rescued when I was eight by my government and IJM. Since then, I have had some amazing and kind didis who are social workers walking with me, encouraging me to pursue my dreams. I have a green-belt in karate, but hockey is my real passion.
When I was living in the shelter home, I was inspired by the senior girls who played hockey. As I watched them every day, I longed to be just like them – strong, agile, and a team player. When I was 10, I walked up to the coach and asked if I could join the team. To my surprise, she allowed me to join, with the promise that I wouldn’t injure myself. Since then, I have practiced hard and represent both state and district teams.
One day, I hope to find my parents. I know they would be so proud of my hockey achievements, but more importantly, I just want my family.
Instead of allowing the scars of my past to define me, I am choosing to overcome them.
*Name changed to protect identity.