O.U.R Stories

UPDATE: Perla tested negative for COVID-19 and has joined the other girls in O.U.R.’s partnering aftercare home.

We are excited to share more with you about “Perla”, our 4,000th survivor, and what happened after she was freed from being trafficked.

This brave 11-year-old girl, although asymptomatic, tested positive for COVID-19 after being rescued. While quarantined from the other survivors, the O.U.R. Aftercare Team and our aftercare partners found out that her 12th birthday was approaching. They wanted to do something extra special to cheer her up in quarantine! 

On the morning of her birthday, the first surprise came early in the morning. A bunch of balloons and a giant stuffed unicorn were delivered to her door. She called our aftercare team to share her excitement. The surprises weren’t over! 

After lunch, her favorite chocolate ice cream was delivered. All of the other survivors called the nurse’s phone to sing Perla “Happy Birthday”. After each surprise, she excitedly contacted our aftercare team to tell them what had just happened. In an effort to help her feel special and loved, we continued the surprises. 

Later that night, her favorite dinner was delivered, along with new clothes and a manicure set. Her favorite gift was the manicure set, she couldn’t wait to paint her nails with one of the aftercare staff members. 

After all of the surprises, she couldn’t contain her excitement. She called our aftercare team and explained that she had never felt celebrated before. It was such a foreign feeling. 

Perla experienced a lot of emotions after being rescued and put in quarantine. We were so happy to see that she felt valued, special, and safe on her birthday, thanks to your support. O.U.R. Aftercare is committed to standing with survivors through their entire healing process.

Please keep Perla in your thoughts and prayers as she is getting tested today to see if she still has the virus. 

Lisa Ridino
2020-08-05 17:12:09
Truly gods work your organization is doing?
Chris Deering
2020-08-14 18:39:56
God’s work...., I love your post ❤️
2020-08-05 17:13:54
Happy Birthday Perla!!
2020-08-05 17:17:12
Bless you for all you do for these kids. Happy birthday sweet girl. Hope you're blessed with many more.
Debra S Barkle
2020-08-05 17:26:29
Happy Birthday Perla! You are a beautiful Child of God.
2020-08-05 18:02:22
Happy Birthday, dear child of God ! May He give you a beautiful year ahead and many, many more to celebrate !!!
2020-08-05 21:21:52
happy birthday to you sweet girl, may the mercy of GOD above shine upon you for the rest of your life and bless you with all that is good.
2020-08-05 20:17:32
Happy birthday brave girl ♥️ you deserve that and so much more!
Robin McDonald
2020-08-05 20:41:10
Happy birthday, Perla!
2020-08-06 08:11:09
Happy birthday Perla!! We share the same birthday!! Stay strong and keep God first!! Blessings.
2020-08-07 05:06:30
Dear Perla, The Unexpected Life Life doesn’t turn out the way we expect. In some ways it exceeds our expectations, and in other ways it disappoints them. Life doesn’t unfold as we plan. We all live unexpected lives in one way or another. But sooner or later, we have to decide how we are going to make the most of the unexpected life. You are not what has happened to you. You are not what you have accomplished. You are not even who you are today or who you have become so far. You are who and what you are still capable of becoming. You are your realized and unrealized potential. God sees you and all your potential, and he aches to see you embrace your best, truest, highest self. He yearns to help you and to accompany you in that quest. Wherever you are, whatever you’re feeling, however life has surprised and disappointed you, I want to remind you of one thing: The best is yet to come! There are times in life when this is easier or harder to believe, but the best is truly yet to come. Open yourself up to it, so you can see it and embrace it when it emerges! Excerpt from I Heard God Laugh
2020-08-11 10:42:16
It's amazing that she is so resilient that she can be happy on her birthday. I can't imagine the horrors she's been through. Good for her.
2020-08-12 11:00:53
Happy birthday beautiful brave soul! All the best the world has to offer is wished for you!!
Robert A. Barnett
2020-08-14 16:43:37
My heart aches for these many defenseless young souls. I have an opportunity to become a part of a large corporation with lots of money. It may take awhile yet to get inside and have access to the funds for such a wonderful, godly cause. I would do anything to be able to help. This evil must be fought with all that can fight. Please tell me where to start, even before the funds come available. God bless all who are a part of this blessed endeavor to sAve the children.
Margery A Ripley
2020-12-13 22:49:15
Five dollars a month Makes you an ABOLITIONIST Start today. And if you dont think this is enough , make up some donor cards and envelopes and ask your friends to become abolitionists too. God will bless your efforts a hundred fold. god bless you from: ALREADY A DONOR who started at 5$ a month.:-)
George K
2020-08-15 19:21:12
You guys are amazing !!! Happy Birthday Perla !!!!
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