Lina and her sister grew up in a brothel with an all but certain destiny. Just like their mother, their aunt, and the generations before them, prostitution was the unavoidable path. No one really had a choice because there seemed to be no other options. In their world, the daughters are the retirement plan—the only hope of survival for the mothers when they become too old or too sick to sell their bodies. The daughters enter prostitution so their mothers can exit.
That’s what makes Lina’s mother so extraordinary. She risked her future and her livelihood to help her two daughters escape the brothel and enter the care of our Local Partner. She was determined to give her daughters a different life.
Lina is writing a new story that will change every future generation of her family. Instead of inheriting prostitution, her children will inherent a loving family, an empowered mother, an opportunity for an education, and a world of possibility.
And there’s more. At the end of the wedding ceremony, Lina’s aunt (her mother’s sister) who was also in prostitution, and owns a brothel, approached our Local Partner. This aunt had been one of the critics who reprimanded Lina’s mother for letting her children leave the brothel, and giving up the income they would generate for her. But at that wedding, she saw the incredible future awaiting Lina, and the vibrant community surrounding the newly married couple. And for the first time ever, she asked if there was a way out for her daughter as well.
Yes there is. There is always a way out.
and was so happy when I got the opportunity to pursue my dreams! But it wasn’t easy, as the workload and examinations were very difficult for me. My final year exams were the hardest, and I didn’t think I would pass. But here I am, now an employed staff at a hospital and working full-time.”
really was a dream fulfilled for me. Being just one class away from graduating with my engineering degree, I can tell it’s so close. I couldn’t have done it without all this support, but I also know that when I do finish, it’s something that I’ll have done for myself. Nobody can take that away from me.”
in my life. I feel so good! My friends tell me all the time that I smile so much and I look so happy. I grew up not even knowing I could have a dream. Now everything has changed—I dream of being a cook. After getting training and having a cooking assistantship, I am working in a restaurant. You helped me believe in my dreams, and now I have achieved what I never could have imagined before.”
to reach my dream of studying business management at university. I also have a part-time job so I can support my family. I am happy with what I have done and am now doing. I want all the girls around the world to get a great chance like I’ve been given—a better future without exploitation.”
I have a dependable job and I can feel safe with my daughter. Looking out from here [in therapy at the center], I can see the brothels all around us, including a brothel being built to hold even more girls. But that’s not all I see. I can see the sky above, and it’s bigger.”
of being able to stay in school. My dream began when I was first helped by the Local Partner. I am so thankful for the support of my family and I receive.”
and starting university, I have grown as a person. I am feeling so proud now. I would like other girls to not let others steal their hope. And I would encourage them to make their best effort to reach their goals and dreams.”
to women who have walked in my shoes—offering hope, love, and compassion—something I lacked before my own personal healing and restoration. Three years ago, I got the amazing opportunity to do exactly that. I now work for a long-term restoration program as their senior administrative assistant and event coordinator. On top of my daily tasks, I also co-facilitate a weekly peer mentoring support group and teach employment preparation and budgeting classes to our residents. Today, I am full, happy, and blessed. My dream came true! I am hopeful that my many other dreams can come true too.”
she wanted stability and independence. Now, she works in a job that she loves at a local kitchen. She and her 5 children live in freedom.
of complex sustained trauma starting from a very young age. She lived on the street over the past 10 years, facing endless exploitation. Now in the care of our Local Partner, she has reached a long-standing dream: to have her own place to live. She has a job as a nanny for a local family and loves the freedom and responsibility in her life.
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