25 de noviembre 2014
Today is El Día de la Eliminación de la Violencia Contra la Mujer.
We had all the kids in one classroom this morning. Some munchkins did a drama and shared a poem. We watched a few videos. Each teacher then spoke of what that meant and how we can fight it. They said it all but then it was my turn. I had to fight back the tears I was sharing with a few from the crowd that I saw bowing their heads, trying to hide. I know their stories.
But all I did was assign them homework. To go home and hug their mothers, father, grandmothers, siblings, aunts, uncles, whoever in the home. Told them that we have two arms and two hands and WE choose what to do with them. Today, we chose to hug instead of hit.
When they left, I received over 15 hugs from my kiddos and upon visiting one family shortly after class let out, a mother told me that her son came home and immediately gave her a big hug.
My heart is heavy, sharing the pain of those that I know suffer from this reality. But it is also filled with love for those few that DO listen and DO try and make a difference. No matter how small. All they need is someone who cares and someone who shows them that their hands can, in fact, be used for love.