Energy! Excitement! Nerves! All of those things were buzzing through me on Saturday before our Spartan Mud run! 8 miles of mud and obstacles! I felt confident we could finish, but was hoping we could do it without serious injury. My team members were amazing! Sarah is the most positive person I have ever met! She actually giggled at the excitement of playing in the mud! Sharon was much more nervous –this was her first mud run. Not to mention she is petite – and height is an advantage for most of the obstacles! But she was brave, like the girls of Destiny Women, who face huge challenges in their lives. Girl power for girl empowerment! Right? She didn’t look so sure!
|Team 'Amilia's Angels'|
The run, we had that part down. A nice jog in the woods and around fields (the Iowa girl in me loved seeing the corn fields and cows!) The obstacles were the real challenge! But that’s where we had each other! Ten foot wall? Team up, and give a friend a boost or ask for help from a strong guy behind you! Rope climb? Sand bag carry? Monkey bars?
|Not quite a bloody sock, but close!|
There were definite moments where I was grimacing or struggling. Or wondering what bacteria was crawling into my cut from the mud encasing it! But as a team we powered through, got wet and muddy, and finished strong with a leap over fire!
The young ladies of Destiny Women are fighters. They are brave and courageous! They are working hard to get an education, learn new skills or a new trade. They are saying yes to a new life away from human trafficking and a new identity with dignity. Despite the obstacles that life has put in front of them.
The girls also have a great team! They have Miriam and Fulukas, social workers, the board of Destiny Women, and they have you! The supporters of Amilia’s Light!
The Empowerment Program will help the girls build job skills, help them develop a business plan, provide low interest loans to start their own businesses, and provide on-going mentoring. The loan program is designed not only to have repaid funds available for future graduates, but also to teach the girls how to save - thereby creating an opportunity for them to invest in future graduates themselves. One of the goals at Amilia's Light is to support in ways that are self-sustaining, and we believe this program has great potential.
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Now….I am going to take another nice hot bath…….
|Happy to be finished!|
|I checked....up to date on my tetanus shot!|