“I will do this because I want to help those trafficked and abused children like us…”
-Chile (One of our girls in the Love146 Round Home)
Upon hearing about the efforts of so many people participating in Tread on Trafficking, eleven of the girls in the Love146 Round Home have decided to jump in and become Treaders themselves! This in itself is so powerful. But what makes it even more amazing is that they want to use their efforts to raise funds not just for their own futures, but also for prevention. They want to stop from happening to other children, what had happened to them!
Our Director of Aftercare, Dr. Gundelina Velazco describes their enthusiasm;
“The girls came up with different ideas. Some asked if they could swim, some asked if they could draw the life stories of the other girls. Some asked if they could cross stitch, and some asked if they could teach themselves how to play the piano.
In other words, they were thinking of what they could be good at. The girls are just crazy about the idea. The money they raise will be put together and represent our contribution, as a team, to helping other children in other parts of the world. They asked about the situation in Cambodia and were amazed that there is a similar problem there.
This is actually the first time they are going to work as a team toward something concrete, significant, and vital, so this is the first time their leadership abilities are emerging. I do not know what to say. This is an aspect of their personality that has not surfaced before. The facial expressions and the light in their eyes, as well as the body language are all new. Thank you for Tread on Trafficking.”
Dr. Velazco has often said that “the girls are re-writing our mission in aftercare. Love146 is not only restoring survivors…but restored children are also becoming restorers of a broken world.”
The courage, tenacity and resiliency of our girls is inspiring and humbling to say the least. They are as Dr. Velazco describes them; “active participants in their own recovery.”
Renata, another girl in the Round Home, sums it up well:
“I will do [Tread on Trafficking] because I want to help other children and myself as well. I know that I am not the only one who needs help. And because of the love I have for other kids I will try to reach my goal everyday. Besides, I’ve been dreaming of helping all those who need help and now it will finally come true. I want to help them because I know what they feel.”
Please consider helping the dreams of Renata and the girls of the Round Home become a reality. It will mean the dreams of so many others just like them coming true as well. You can read about their individual goals and support the girls effort to Tread On Trafficking at http://bit.ly/RoundHomeTread.
President & Co-Founder Love146