“The mommies in the Love146 Round Home are just like real mothers, it’s like being in a real home, so my life is actually complete.” -Survivor
A common thread we often see in children who are survivors of child trafficking and exploitation is that they long for home. They especially ache to see their mothers again. In the Love146 Round Home, one of our goals is to eventually reintegrate a child back into their family or community, as long as their family or community was not involved in them being trafficked.
For children who have come from loving and safe families, we slowly begin to facilitate visits home during the long process of recovery in the Love146 Round Home. These homecomings are beautiful, heartbreaking, and restorative.
However, if the community, neighbors, extended family, etc. still present a risk to the child, visits home may not be possible. In those cases we have at times been able to facilitate visits to the Round Home for mothers and grandmothers.
Judy is one girl whose mother visited the Round Home recently. In addition to being a survivor of child trafficking and exploitation, Judy is deaf and mute. The thought that predators preyed upon not only the vulnerability of a child, but a child who could not physically cry out for help or tell anyone what had happened, is beyond my comprehension.
While visiting together in the Round Home, Judy and her Mom spent the time walking the grounds together holding hands, laughing and sharing stories. Her mother went to school with her and was able to meet with her teachers. She was overjoyed to see first hand how her beautiful girl is now thriving and healing.
Before leaving Judy’s Mom had this to say:
“The Round Home is really for a girl like Judy. It is where girls like her receive love. Their lives are changed and the people here really love them. Judy received so much cruelty at home, from my husband and in-laws, probably because they are ashamed of what happened to her and because she is deaf and mute. When she was still small, I asked God, where are the people who will love her? I didn’t think that aside from myself, there are other people who will love her. I am so happy for her now. Love146 is full of love… She is safe here now. She has a future here. I thank all of you…”
Your support has helped write stories of hope into the lives of these children and
mothers. From all of us at Love146, and more importantly, from the mother of one child who is being protected and restored, thank you.
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