Ya’s Story of Hope

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“My name is Jariya. One day someone flung a container of acid in my face. It burned my face, and ran down my body, dissolving both my skin and my life. The excruciating extensive burns threatened to take my life for months and since then, I’ve had to endure numerous surgeries to attempt to re-make my features and face to be normal again.

I now have to live with the scarring of my face and body and also with the scarring on my heart.

I’ve consistently been the subject of mockery, hatred, rejection, and curiosity, but rarely the subject of compassion or help.

I’m gradually trying to rebuild my life and to make a future for myself.

But the only thing that gives me the courage to do that is that I know that I’m not alone and that I may be able to do something to help others.

I recently started a family with my husband Seth.

We just had a baby boy and his name is Pratana.

Without support from Trades of Hope, I wouldn’t be able to have a family.

Life would be difficult, and I would suffer from hunger.

This isn’t just a job. I feel like part of a community that sees me and the Artisans and cares about us. It’s a matter of the heart, not just a business. And it brings me great encouragement. It’s started to wash away all the words that people used to speak over me and my life.” – Ya, Artisan in Cambodia
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Trades of Hope is partnering to provide dignified jobs for acid attack survivors in Cambodia.

Every purchase from Cambodia supports acid attack survivors & their families.

3 Comments

  1. Amy

    She is such an inspiring woman!!!

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  2. Patricia M Tryal

    Having read Ya’s story a few years back, I praise God for how He has restored her to life and love and a family ! That baby boy is such a beauty! I rejoice with her and Seth for this great gift from above.

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  3. Loretta J Gisi

    Very beautiful women and courageous, inspiration to all of us.

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Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas is an inspirational writer with a passion for helping women discover and celebrate their unique gifts and abilities. Kathy is part of the Communication Team at Trades of Hope focusing on Artisan Development.

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