I have a deep affection for the old movie 'Braveheart,' released in 1995. In the film, Mel Gibson, an American actor, portrays Sir William Wallace, who led the Scots in their struggle against England. The image of his final word, "Freedom!!!," lingers in my memory.

Freedom comes in various forms, such as freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly, and the right to petition the government. This morning, I asked the women at our organisation what freedom means to them. After a few seconds of contemplation, one lady expressed,

"I want the ability to choose." Another woman stated, "I desire to provide computer classes for my elder daughter." Others were unable to articulate their thoughts.

This led me to ponder how freedom can be realized in the lives of the women at Yafe House. My initial thought was that they are no longer owned by anyone and are free to dream and embrace limitless hope. We have embarked on a journey alongside them, ensuring that when they encounter challenges, they know we stand united in their support. I am reminded of a quote by George Washington:

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth."

How profound! This is precisely what we aspire to witness at Yafe House.