Scarlett never had a childhood. She was brought up in the red light zone in Central America, suffering abuse and sexual exploitation at the hands of gang members. This continued into adulthood, because she was never rescued out of it.
Now she is 40 years old and has had her first taste of real freedom. After meeting one of O.U.R.’s partners in Central America, she began a 3-month course call the Princess Program on how to create her own business, in the hope of opening her own restaurant.
But just as things were looking up, tragedy struck: On the week of her graduation, her 24-year-old son was murdered. She was devastated. And if that wasn’t bad enough, her and her 11-year-old and 3-year-old daughters’ lives were in danger.
Although she was shaken by this experience, she did not let it defeat her. In fact, she still found a way to count her blessings and one of the blessings she counted was all of you.
While attending a special meeting, she stood and thanked her classmates for rallying around and supporting her in her time of need. Then she thanked O.U.R. and the Americans who funded her class.
Without your generous donations she would not have had the opportunity to create a new path for her life, nor would she have met her classmates and benefited from their love and support. Your donations make a huge difference.
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McKenzie’s* dream since she was a little girl has been to become a teacher. After traveling to the Mediterranean to work a job that ended up being fake, she was forced to work as a slave. She was able to eventually escape her traffickers – read her full story here.
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