As we have shared in the past, the Lord has opened up a strategic relationship between Sak Saum and a shelter in Malaysia for trafficked Cambodian women who have been rescued. As they return to their homeland, Sak Saum has been blessed to receive some of them into their ministry.
Veata’s story is one not unlike many others. She is an orphan and 21 years old. Her brothers and sisters are scattered throughout Cambodia. One of her sisters was also trafficked to Malaysia. With no family to call her own, Veata was vulnerable from a very young age.
She was first trafficked in Cambodia. Through a relationship born of that experience, she ended up as a single mom. As a young mother, she felt tremendous pressure to provide money for her daughter and agreed to go to Malaysia as a domestic worker. Unfortunately, Veata’s circumstances did not match what had been promised and she found herself being trafficked a second time.
She fled her boss’ home and found help from some Indians living in Kuala Lumpur. They directed her to the embassy, which led her to refuge in the shelter. It was there that she met Ginny (Sak Saum Founder) and Theavy (Sak Saum National Director) on one of their visits and learned of Sak Saum.
When Veata returned to Cambodia, she visited her daughter who is currently living with the father’s mother. She immediately felt pressure to make money. Unsure of where to go and knowing that there were few job opportunities in her village, she returned to Phnom Penh and contacted Theavy. Sak Saum was pleased to welcome her into their family!
Though Veata has experienced tremendous abuse, abandonment and challenges in her life, she is a generous, kind girl. She quickly gave her life to the Lord and is hungry to grow. We believe God has an incredible plan for her.
Her real passion is hair, nails, and makeup. During her interview with Sak Saum, she said, “I hope to one day learn how to do people’s hair and nails but I know that I need healing in my heart more than I need a skill. Sak Saum will help me become a good sister, wife, mother, neighbor, and friend.”
We believe God will grant these other desires of her heart as well.
P.S. Veata is one of the 12 girls receiving a one-year sponsorship at the Vocational Training Center. Thank you to all of our Messenger Cup 2011 participants!! You made this rescue possible.