Andrea grew up in a physically abusive home where her entire childhood was one of rejection, fear, and abuse. At age 14, out of desperation, she ran away and found herself on the city streets of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. These are the same streets where recent studies have shown that out of 143 street children interviewed and examined, 100% had at least one sexually transmitted disease. Andrea was lured in by a man who promised care, provision, and protection. He then took her to a city hours away where she was locked up and didn’t see the light of day for two months. Day after day she was sexually abused by up to eight men a day while she was kept sedated with a forced drug addiction. Andrea was used as a commodity; she was traumatized and exploited, she was losing all hope. Then a moment came where her spirit found an ounce of hope still hanging by a thread as she escaped the terror she was living in and hitch hiked her way back to the city that was the closest place she could call home. Soon after, she was picked up by child services where she was thrown into an unforgiving system of abusive and apathetic homes. She was wounded, she was ashamed, she was confused. Then we found her. She entered our home a quiet, timid, and fearful young girl that saw herself as a victim. She was immediately fed, clothed, and told that she is loved more than she will ever know and that she is no longer a victim, but a child of promise. Now, at age 15, Andrea is thriving as our passionate staff counsels, teaches, and encourages her. Her smile is easily seen and sweet as she loves to study and to learn how to bake. A swing set and a baby doll give her a childhood that she never had. Andrea has a dream of one day being a beautician; a dream she practices and prepares for on our staff and other girls in the home. She is being restored, her hope is alive and singing, and her healing is taking place at this very moment.
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