June 2017

Dear Friends of Offspring,

Well, we survived the scorching hot days throughout summer…just! And now we’re into the sticky humid monsoon season where you sweat, sweat and sweat some more! Despite the ickiness of the heat, listening to and experiencing the thunderstorms that happen during this season is one of my favourite parts about living in India.

I was fortunate to spend some time back in Australia this month and even more fortunate to speak at an event that was held by a Geelong book club. This group of young women, passionate about using their skills and networks, organized a cinema viewing of ‘The Jammed’, to raise light on what is happening locally and globally with regards to Human Trafficking. Incredibly, the Director and Producer of this movie caught wind of what these girls were doing, and offered to attend the event to speak about their experiences of creating the film. What a privilege it was to stand beside them, and together, share our views on how we can be a part of combating sex trafficking.

On the ground in India we have faced a few trials but none that we have not been able to work through. It doesn’t get any easier watching systems that are meant to protect people, fail. It definitely keeps us on our toes and it just means that we have to be flexible in our approach with each individual. Where there is a will…there is a way!!

We have much to look forward to in this coming month! We have 3 new survivors joining us and we are going to see one of our trainees, who has been with us from the beginning, transition into a new workplace. We look forward to sharing all about this in a month’s time…so stay tuned!

Kristi

High: I am totally refreshed as I was able to take some holiday leave and go on some adventures. Experiencing the beauty of nature (especially when living in a city with 17 million people) is always a high for me.

Low: Honestly, this month went by so fast I can’t remember my lows. But if I have to pick one, it would be suffering (maybe an exaggeration) those chilly Victorian days. Going from 40+ degrees to 10, isn’t so easy to adapt to!

 Interesting: Now having to bypass 7 cats on my way in and out of the house. Somehow, we’ve unintentionally become the cat house of the neighbourhood.

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