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She’s Safe Now
Rosaura came to the safe home when her parents were unable to provide her with safe housing, food, and education. She is one of over a hundred girls in Guatemala, mostly “poverty orphans” – but also survivors of neglect, abuse, and even human trafficking – who’ve found hope here. From infants to teenagers, they are protected, cared for, and encouraged.
When asked about life in the safe home, Rosaura – not only expressed gratitude for her food, clothing, education, and essential needs – but also for friends, personal growth, freedom, and the power she now feels because of her experiences there. Rosaura is especially grateful for the creative classes where she learned to express herself.
“I’m more creative. I can think in a different way. I have goals. I’m independent and can take care of myself.”
These creative classes are more than a hobby. They help provide girls with skills they can use to earn income as adults. Unlike many girls who “age out” of safe homes at eighteen with no skills, money, or homes, and become vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, young women like Rosaura “age out” equipped with skills to help them become independent businesswomen.
As the girls become young adults, they’re offered job opportunities as jewelry Artisans. Every purchase helps the safe home care for more girls.
When Gifts of Hope, an outreach program of Trades of Hope, learned that Rosaura dreamed of learning English so she could travel the world, we sponsored an opportunity for her to attend English classes. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this amazing young woman!
How can you empower young women in Guatemala like Rosaura?
In Guatemala, many children come from homes with abuse and families who cannot afford them. Through your purchase, you’re partnering with an Artisan community where young women are emotionally supported, educated, taught to dream, and provided with opportunities to learn and grow as businesswomen through jewelry apprenticeship programs and English classes!