Ash Wednesday marks the start of the Lenten season for Catholics around the world. For students at Carondelet, we celebrated the kick-off to a season of pause and penance with our Ash Wednesday Liturgy prayer service, Spiritual Life Council introduced the annual Lenten Project. This year, our Lenten Project is to combat Human Trafficking.
Carondelet is partnering with the Red Sand Project and Free The Girls. The Red Sand Project was created by Molly Gochman an experiential artist whose goal is specifically to spread awareness through a social media movement. Its goal is to fill cracks between the earth, sidewalks, and much more with red sand. This red sand represents the people who fall between the cracks of society and fall into human trafficking.
Free the Girls helps to bring sex trafficking victims back into their communities. Cofounders Dave Terpstra and Kimba Langas wanted to help women live successful happy lives after trauma as they rejoin their communities.71% of human trafficking victims are women. One-third of the victims are children. The goal is to help spread awareness on important topics, and as a school, we want to help those with this trauma to reintegrate back into society and their lives.