“You are going to have to help me.”
This is the update on Sara, who was the 1,000th O.U.R. survivor rescued. The journey for survivors is often complicated, and having a strong support system during that journey is critical.
When Sara was trafficked, she didn’t know that anyone was looking for her. Sara even said,
“I didn’t think anyone would ever come. I didn’t think anyone cared about my individual life.”
There has always been a passionate community supporting Sara, and we had to show her that.
A few months have passed, and Sara is now living with a family member in a safe situation. This past weekend, our team had the opportunity to be with her again.
Sara has been struggling with feeling “smart enough” to go to vocational training. When our team visited her to suggest the training she would say, “I’m not smart enough. I’m not worthy. The kids will make fun of me.” Unfortunately, when you’ve been trafficked for so long and your family has told you that you are worthless for so many years, you start to believe it.
Our team continued to visit Sara this weekend- in fact three different house visits were made. We wanted to remind her how strong, smart and capable she was of receiving the training.
For our third visit, we brought the Director of the Vocational Training Program to Sara’s home. We wanted to show her there are many different people who believe in her. After that visit, Sara said, “If you guys say that I’m smart enough, you are going to have to help me.”
TODAY IS SARA’S FIRST DAY OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING!
She will be attending Monday-Friday and learning everything from computer skills, finances, business and more. She will be learning from several O.U.R. interns and professionals who will help her catch up in school and will be a constant support on her path to recovery.
One of the biggest struggles for survivors is not having a community of support around them.
We will always be there to fight with our survivors when they can’t fight for themselves.
We have no doubt Sara is going to be a leader and someone who will have a major impact in other individuals’ lives.
We are so incredibly proud of her and will continue to follow her journey on her path to recovery.
“ALONE WE CAN DO SO LITTLE,
TOGETHER WE CAN DO SO MUCH MORE.”
What can YOU Do?
Want to read more about Sara? Here is her story.