Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. —William Butler Yeats

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. —Plutarch

The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting. —Plutarch

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. – Socrates

When you fill a pail, it fills up and that’s it.  If you try to put anything else in the pail, Knowledgeeverything spills over the sides.  Lighting a fire or kindling a flame has much more potential.  A fire can always find a way to burn brighter, hotter, and longer.  A flame can burn for a lifetime with the right nurturing.

For a child that has been trafficked, her life is like the pail.  Keeping herself going every day fills her pail to the brim.  Surviving one day to the next leaves little to no room for anything else.  School?  Far from her mind.  Adding education into the pail just spills right back over the edge.

When we talk to the girls at StreetLightUSA, we often find that they are not simply behind in their education.  Many of the girls have lost much more than that – they have lost their desire to succeed in school.  Thinking about their future and long term goals is completely foreign to them.  Yet another thing overflows out of the pail.

At StreetLightUSA, we provide the opportunity for girls to empty the pail.  When they come here, their basic needs are met every day.  There is no need for them to worry about food, water, or shelter and they don’t have to worry that someone might hurt them.  When the girls come to us, we help them empty their pail and start kindling the flame.Kindle the Flame

Emptying the pail is just so hard for the girls to do; they have a hard time letting go.  When they begin to empty their pail and start to kindle their inner flame, a world of possibilities opens up to them.  When the girls allow us to care for their basic needs and they focus on finishing their education, they are able to look at long term goals and their future.

Emptying their pail and kindling their inner flame is one of the hardest things for a child survivor to do; she can’t do it alone.  When they are ready, the staff and volunteers are waiting, ready to support them on their journey – from Trauma to Triumph.

Are you interested in being part of this journey?  For more information or to fill out a volunteer form click here.