The stories we share with you here inspire us. They make us work harder, longer and overcome challenges with unwavering determination to ensure that every victimized man, woman, and child is afforded the freedom of choice. The choice to get married, or not. The choice to have children, a career, a degree, a home. The choice to respect their body, achieve financial independence, and pursue a healthy lifestyle. We hope you enjoy the stories of hope survivors have entrusted to us to share with others to educate and encourage.
Stories of Hope
In the mountains of Katmandu, Nepal up a winding cobblestone street surrounded by ancient Nepalese buildings, garlic cloves hang from windows and hay bales dry in the sun. Women dressed in traditional garb spin yarn on the side of the road and children dressed in matching uniforms scuttle by on their way to school. Smoke [...]
Ari’s story begins in Secundrabad, Andhra Pradesh. As an infant, her mother ran from her unfaithful husband and took Ari to live on the streets of Pune, surviving only by begging at the railway station. When Ari was five years old, tragedy struck as the hard street life claimed her mother, leaving Ari alone and [...]
The Courage to Speak Out My life turned upside down when my stepfather came into it, bringing abuse with him. Neither my mother nor my real father protected me or intervened on my behalf, and I tried repeatedly to run away. The juvenile system just labeled me as incorrigible after I was returned home so [...]
Leading the next generation of survivors Anna chooses to believe that the one person who loved her more than life died in the fire that left her, at three years old, badly injured and without a home. The next seven years, and many placements in Chicago’s foster care system, convinced her that the pillowcase stuffed [...]