This morning I woke up to a wonderful message from our partners in Nepal with the attached pictures and the following subject line: "Dashain wishes from Hamro Ghar kids."
Hamro Ghar (meaning "Our Home") is the transit center in Kathmandu for rescued child weavers that you help support. And Dashain is one of the most auspicious and most anticipated festivals in the Nepalese annual calendar. It commemorates the victory of the Goddess Durga, in all her manifestations, over the demon Mahishasura and more broadly, good over evil. For Hindus, the holiday is an important reminder of the universal principles of truth, justice and virtue that prevail over deception, injustice and wickedness.
Throughout the country, you will see people flying kites or enjoying bamboo swings, both of which are featured in the beautiful pictures drawn by our beneficiaries, including Ishwor. On July 25, 2013, our inspectors rescued him from a carpet factory where he worked from 4:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Now, Ishwor wants to become a policeman so he can "punish all who do illegal activities" like the contractor who held him in debt bondage.
Perhaps Ishwor takes inspiration from Durga. From all of us and all the kids at Hamro Ghar who you've helped to triumph over injustice -- we wish you a happy Dashain!