Touch the Untouchables.
I want to help raise awareness and funds to free Dalit children from a life of slavery and provide them with a chance to get an education.
How I am planning on doing this...
I am offering my services to do henna on whoever is willing to have it done! The good thing about henna is that it can go with me wherever I go. I can do it at events, or at my house, or even at your house. All donations can be made to my Champion page and hopefully this will promote awareness and help the kids in some way.
Why help? Why this?
In India, henna is used for celebrations and weddings and usually put on the hands and feet of people. In Canada, we are the hands, the feet and the voice of the Dalit people and its my hope that henna can act as a physical reminder of that. My idea and my heart behind this is that we wouldn't forget about the Dalits, and I think having your skin stained for a week is a good reminder.
There are two hundred and fifty million Dalits. That is 250,000,000 real people who are born into a caste system that destines them to a lifetime of slavery with little hope of a way out. That "little hope of a way out" comes through us. Education is the hope for these children and by providing it for them i hope to touch the lives of people that are labelled the "Untouchables."
This past weekend I had my first clients! Some friends were over at my house and I decided to bring out henna that I had from awhile ago. Turns out it’s a lot harder than I thought it would be and I had a few brave souls offer to be my guini pigs and let me stain their skin for the next two weeks. The henna I ended up using wasn’t the best quality and I need to look into getting some stronger stuff. But since people were stuck with me for a bit while I was drawing on them we got to talk about the Dalit people, how DFN is helping and what they could do to get involved and support. We had some good laughs when my East Indian neighbour came over and saw me, a Caucasian girl doing henna. She has been around henna her whole life and in her wisdom she taught me some tricks of the trade that I would like to pass on to you all:1) First of all, henna is actually called "mehndi." It is pronounced meh-hend-dee and she said if I was going to do this right I should be calling it that. So, mehndi it is.2) She also critiqued the mehndi I was using and said that I have to come over and make my own paste with her mother-in-law (which I am extremely excited about - update coming soon)3) After the mehndi dries, you are supposed to brush a mixture of sugar and lemon juice on it so that it lasts longer.Overall, I think it was a hit despite my amateur skills and cheap paste. What’s important is the Dalit story was told and people gave a total $30 that will go towards education for the children! So now, I need to buy some new mehndi (or make my own) mix some sugar and lemon, maybe practice my skills on a piece of paper first and I’m good to go.
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