Five years ago, a young 13-year-old girl, named Sarah needed a safe refuge.
She had suffered severe harm at the hands of those she trusted the most and although the culprits are still in jail for what they did to her physically and emotionally, their wounds cut deep.
Sarah moved into our “family-style home” which at the time, felt nothing like a family to her. She was quiet. Reserved. Untrusting.
Our team loved her relentlessly. We gave her space. Encouragement and warmth.
We let her process in her own way and we gave her time to find her voice.
She was enrolled in a Burmese-Thai migrant school and was eager to learn. Every night, Sarah would sit on the front porch, pencil and notepad in hand, and study. She picked up Thai & English in record speed and loved every opportunity she got to practice.
A staff member gave Sarah a box full of beads and twine just to give her a hobby. Within a few weeks she had transformed them into beautiful necklaces and earrings that she now sells for profit.
In the home, Sarah had a nurturing spirit towards the younger children. She helped them with homework and taught them the things she was learning at school. They cared for each other and she felt like a big sister to them.
Now Sarah is 18 and she’s dramatically different than the girl we first met.
In learning life-skills and excelling in school, she grew in her self-confidence and self-worth. As she experienced healthy family relationships, she found healing and hope. And in being loved unconditionally, she realized that her ONE Life is far more valuable than her childhood had taught her.
Compasio exists because every ONE Life matters and deserves to be told.
You can help us convince more children like Sarah that their life matters by becoming a monthly sponsor today!