By: Vivion Purser
Today we celebrated Holi with the girls at the Hope Home. Holi is a color festival that marks the beginning of the spring season. We threw water balloons and colored powder, danced, and played volleyball together. Also, we continued work on the garden that we began! I really enjoyed laying the brick for the pathway because it’s starting to look so put together and beautiful. After the day’s activities, the girls put together a farewell performance of singing and dancing for us. Though they were incredibly talented, I was mostly blown away by the joy that they each radiated while performing. They showed me how to make goodbyes a happy thing through celebrating and honoring the time that has been had.
Today was our last day working in the Hope Home. I am confident that my perception of the world has been broadened through the conversations that I have had these past few days with my peers, leaders, and themselves. I taught one girl how to dance, and she taught me how to make bracelets. We both get to go to sleep tonight with new experiences and new knowledge. That, to me, is what makes trips like these worth it. As we left the Home, we were escorted out by 36 heartfelt goodbyes and extremely tight hugs. I only met these girls a few days ago, but I feel like I’ve known them forever. I’m inexplicably grateful to have formed the friendships that I did, and I cannot wait to see what is in store next.