Dr. Velazco reports on the inspiring progress of Norma, a new member of the Roundhome.
They used to be a happy family, going to church on Sundays and engaging in many other family bonding activities. Her father and mother were earning well and looking after the children very well. She felt loved and happy. She was also excelling in school.
Then her father met a tragic accident.
Her mother never recovered from the tragedy. The family became impoverished and began to starve. Her eyesight began to be affected by the malnutrition.
Her siblings were forced to leave home to work. She herself was lured into the sex trade and trafficking.
What is more heart-wrenching than the plight of a sexually exploited girl is that of a sexually exploited girl with a handicap.
She was rescued after about a year, and placed in a safehome. There, her vision continued to deteriorate. No intervention was done. She became withdrawn, hopeless and tried to end her life.
Her rescuers were eager to find an organization that would do something for her. They found Love146.
Love146 lost no time in getting her a special education.
We started her on an intensive course that could respond to her emerging needs as a person with handicap.
We encouraged her to develop friendship with her peers.
She has found hope. She said, “I now intend to finish my studies because I want to put up a foundation to help girls like me. I am grateful that I was rescued and given to Love146 because now I know that I have a future.”
This is our aftercare, striving to give love and hope for the future.