By KATIE SANDERS
Her name is Premila. She is 14 years old and in the ninth grade. She’s an outgoing, talkative girl who loves to be with her friends. Her keen sense of humor and quick wit keeps everyone smiling and laughing. Premila is also a gifted singer who enjoys leading worship. When she grows up, she wants to be a singer. She was also born into a vulnerable and impoverished area of India where 95 percent of the girls born in the district become enslaved.*
She is one of the 25.7 million orphans in India—more than any other country in the world. Despite the fact that 30,000 girls are trafficked annually in India (that’s 82 per day), and that girls as young as seven are being forced into prostitution, Premila has been adopted. She is now loved and nurtured by the organization As Our Own (www.asourown.org). This name hails from their work in rescuing children out of certain exploitation and enslavement, then caring for them as their own children.
And now, I will run for Premila. We will run for Premila. So how exactly is running going to combat human trafficking and the exploitation of children in India? Right now, As Our Own is encouraging supporters of their work to train for and run a half-marathon on behalf of one of the girls in their care as a part of the I Will Run campaign. A group is forming now to run for Premila in Lexington on March 30, 2013. March may seem a little way off, but part of the preparation is also committing to raise at least $750 for the organization. Each runner will train and fundraise and run the race on behalf of Premila and to support the continued work of As Our Own.
We run to love them as our own, and we need your support. The following provides three ways you can help:
1. Join the team! That means you would train for and run 13.1 miles on March 30th in addition to raising a minimum of $750 for As Our Own on behalf of Premila, the young girl we are running for. Join the team by checking out www.asourown.org. Join the “Georgetown College: Tigers for Premila” team then register for the half-marathon in Lexington (runrocknroll.competitor.com/Lexington), or contact Katie Sanders at email@example.com
2. Donate. If the time commitment or running 13.1 miles is intimidating, there are other ways to help our team. Sponsor us by mile, give a one-time donation, or get really crazy and plan a fundraiser for us!
3. Be a training partner. If it is the money side that seems a bit much to handle, but you would be up for the running, then you can help us train. It’s always more fun to run with a friend, so find us on Facebook or send an e-mail to Katie Sanders or Ashley Fox to support us by joining us on a run!
If you want to know more about the work at Georgetown College to combat human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery, in the world today, check out the Student Abolitionist Movement (SAM) Georgetown College on Facebook and at other SAM sponsored events or meetings around campus.
*All statistics taken from www.asourown.org.