The garbage truck made its familiar beeping sound as it backed up close to Nan’s small hut, ready to dump another load of trash on the ever-growing smelly hill just a few metres away. As she walked with her eldest daughter toward the mix of plastic bags, diapers and rotting food, Nan’s weary eyes spotted a rusty can to add to her pitiful sack of recyclables. She had hoped today would be easier, that she would have the strength to work long enough to make the two dollars that she needed for the day. Life at the dump was tough. With her growing belly making it uncomfortable to move as quickly as she needed, it was becoming more and more difficult to earn enough to feed her family.
The baby was coming in less than a month. Since her husband had left, it had become nearly impossible to feed her four little ones. How would she feed another one? How would they all manage? With a heavy heart, she came to the heart-rending conclusion that countless mothers in her situation have.
She had to sell her baby. There was no other option.
Her neighbour had done the same last month. The man from the village had assured her that the little one would be given a better life. That he would attend the best schools, have a great job, be happy. If she sold her baby, she could give him the life she’d never had. Yes, this was the right thing to do. She would use the money to feed her other children, and she might even have enough to put some aside for a rainy day.
That afternoon, Compasio staff found out about Nan’s predicament. They warned her about trafficking, about the more likely scenario that the child would face — abuse, exploitation, and a lifetime of hardship. They also talked about the long-term effect that family separation has on a child.
What if we hadn’t been there to intervene?
We work in slum communities every day. We know their residents by name. We’ve walked their streets for years. They’ve trusted us with their stories, their wishes. They’ve called us first when a child has gone missing, when a woman has been beaten, when their children have been taken to jail and they don’t know where to turn.
We cannot do this alone. We need your help!
Your generous financial support will enable us to:
- hire more workers so that we can be present in more communities
- assist families through temporary food, housing and child care provision as we discuss with them ways they can provide for their family and keep the children they love so much
- give slum community residents the training they need to effect change from within
Please give today and help grant some wishes this Christmas season!
…What happened to Nan?
Through the help she received from Compasio, Nan was able to leave her work at the garbage dump and find employment at a local business. Her children all live at home with her. The older ones attend school, and are excelling academically. Nan’s baby has grown into a happy toddler who attends an early preschool program so that his mother can continue working to support the family.