The Story of Gladis

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Anna’s Story

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Miracles of beauty

Over the last few months we have been able to be a part of an incredible miracle story that has been unfolding before our eyes. A little four-year-old boy who we met in August. His story was a tragic one of abuse and severe neglect. He could not walk due to a negligent surgery from an infection that should have …

Hope and Opportunity: Jeanne’s Story

Jeanne is a mother living in a small village in Benin. When we first met her, she had no job and struggled to feed her children. Being married to a man who is very old and frail, the responsibility of providing for the family falls on her. Today, she has received several small loans through our Micro-Finance Program, which she …

Child Bride: Juliette’s Story

Juliette* is a 13 year old girl, who was rescued from becoming a child bride in Benin. Juliette was sent to live with her grandmother so that both parents could would work in Nigeria. Her aging grandmother was unable to care for her, and was pursuing marriage prospects in older men. Unfortunately, this is a common scenario for young girls …

Rosie’s Story

When I was six years old, my parents didn’t have enough money to feed me, so they sold me to a restaurant in Nigeria to work. When I arrived at the restaurant, I became the owner’s property. I was a slave, and I was told every day that this was my destiny. I was always hungry, and they beat me …

Viviane’s Story

When I was 15, my father accepted a marriage offer from a much older man that was visiting our village. I was immediately married, and left my home to be his wife. When I arrived at his home, I found an unpleasant surprise: that there were 8 other women who already lived there. My new husband was not kind to …

Teddy: Bright Future Ahead

When I was eight years old, I was homeless on the streets of Monrovia, Liberia. My parents were killed during the 14-year civil war. I remember a childhood of incredible suffering and constant hunger. I slept under street market tables at night and dodging bullets by day. Those memories are not easy for me to talk about. Because of the …

Jestina: Overcomer

When I was a very little girl, civil war raged around my home in Liberia. My parents were killed in the war, leaving my brother and I orphaned and alone. I remember the day we were found and rescued by a new momma who took us into her home, as her own children. Our new momma had such a heart …

Sylvester’s Rescue Mission

Abandoned by his mother, beaten by many in his community, left to fend for himself in the garbage piles– this is Sylvester’s story. Sylvester is maybe seven years old, very small, developmentally delayed, non-verbal, not potty trained and suffers from seizures. The popular Liberian belief is that he is ‘not correct in his mind,’ and thus less than human, not …