The voices of the children we serve informed the foundation that Love146 has built on and continue to guide and inform the future of our work. When we look to see that restoration is possible we see it in the faces and words of the girls who we have the honor to work with at the Round Home. On the first anniversary of the Round Home Dr. Velazco asked the girls how they view themselves. Below are some of their responses:
Diana: “I compare myself to the tree of the tree house because after all of the storms that happened, the tree still became a full-grown tree. It has remained standing and now gives shade and comfort to everyone who needs it, just like me, I was able to withstand all of the difficulties and challenges in my life. Now, I am more open to share my past experiences to everyone. I keep no secrets anymore, and my life is an open book because if you share your experiences in life you will be easily understood by everyone and it will make you feel better because it is through sharing that you can unload your emotional baggage and knowing that you have someone to share your experiences with, makes you feel better. I also compare myself with a mango fruit. There are two types of mangoes, sour and sweet. The sour fruit represents my bad experiences, while the sweet fruit represents the good attitude that I have developed during my stay here in the Round Home. Just like a full grown tree that gives shade and comfort to everyone, I too have become mature and am now ready to give comfort to everyone who needs it.”
Diana reintegrated and has now returned to the Round Home to mentor the current residents.