I am Suchithira(Suchi) Subramanian from Cleveland, Ohio. I am participating in the “Global Seva challenge 2012 of “Off the mat into world“.The Global Seva Challenge 2012 aims to raise awareness of the root causes and impact of the global sex trafficking industry, support organizations in India that are providing refuge, rehabilitation and economic opportunities to survivors, and empower survivors to lead lives with dignity and respect.
If I have to explain why I am fundraising for the sex-trafficked victims, it seems obvious to me.I am a woman and I feel compelled to respond. I consider myself to be a blessed being, faced with very little challenges in life. I had a cherished childhood, have a wonderful family, educated to have a job and I live in a kind, loving, nurturing community, also I feel it is my obligation to serve women who are not as fortunate or who are simply trapped as in this case.
Sometime in 2011, below lines by Airyn R. Lentija, woke me up from my indifference and denial.These are the words that made me to spur into action in first place:
While the world is busy
Rotating madly on its axis
They were stacked in a half-dozen high,
Waiting for their turn
To be exploited,
Innocent girls as young as five
Trapped on the blockade of no-more dreams
Where their blood-curdling screams
Were persecuted inside them
Of being heard…
Behind those walls are painful cries
Pleas (for education),
Fears (for self worth),
Trauma (for AIDS…for Alienation)
Have you seen/heard/felt them?
They were there…
God knows what they feel…
The trembling of their knees
The first time the lining of their dreams
Were sliced evilly…
The nipples of their hopes
Brutally clawed by the beast
Of different races
In less than ten hours
They were there…
Penning their blues in the wind
The words behind their silent weeping
In every excruciating night
Nights and days of drowning
In the language of the sex trade
And not a ghost of a chance
The eons of light invade
Their infant lamenting souls
God knows what they feel
They were there…
While the world is busy rotating in its axis, millions are trafficked and oppressed in a brutal lifestyle.
Life IS unfair, the reality that one cannot run away from.UNICEF reports that across the world, there are over one million children entering the sex trade every year and are of age 12-14.Are they not supposed to be chasing wild dreams and be painting their skies with bright red sunrise?
After reading the above lines, I bawled silently for the victims who endure the atrocities in their life for just $20 a day, immediately I scurried to get my credit card and donated money to an organization that works relentlessly to raise awareness, rehabilitates and empowers the victims through education and employment. I also wrote a long email to the founder of the organization expressing my gratitude and how I am moved by her empathy and strong courage.
Then I thought, I am simply ready to move on with my regular life. But, I could not, my inner voice kept questioning about the brutal 21st century human slave trade.
When I came to know about the Global Seva challenge 2012 of “Off the mat into world”, I was thrilled and confused.Thrilled, because I get the opportunity to serve and be part of a social change and was confused at the same time because of my invalidating thoughts. When the self-doubts, inner fears were slowly filling my mind, I happened to come across the below lines in the book “All that is bitter and sweet” by Ashley Judd…
“But the fear does not stop me, because more powerful is the certain knowledge that I am less of a woman when I ignore the plight of the women elsewhere. My life is richer when I chose to align myself with their realities, share their truth, witness their lives and admit their pain into my soul”
If I can be the means in some way to rescue one child or ease the pain of one woman, I will be happy, delighted and at peace.
With the help of family, friends and community, I am participating in the Seva Challenge 2012, committed to raise $20,000.If I raise the money, I will travel to India in 2013 for two weeks to visit the organizations to experience their work in the field and to learn the difference they bring in the lives of the victims.I am open to suggestions, ideas or any kind of support from you,please help, show your love and spread the word.