“When I lived with my aunt before, she used strong words and hit me all the time.”
To hear these words from the mouth of a child is always heartbreaking. A beautiful, feisty little girl, Cheaway has experienced more hardship than anyone would wish on a twelve year-old. Forced to push a clam-cart along isolated roads for long hours each day, and raised by verbally and physically abusive relatives, her story is one that illustrates how exploitation follows when human life is undervalued.
For one who has spent much of her life in an oppressive environment, the freedom to play, learn and simply be a child is something that is still new for Cheaway. We see much positive change in her attitude since coming into IHSI’s cares.
“I feel safe living in Father’s House. My favorite things are eating meals together, making friends, and spending time like a family. Since moving here, I have been learning about how to love and care for others, and how to forgive.
I like doing my chores around the house. I sweep and help with the dishes. I like the nice bathrooms and the television! I am getting a little better at my studies. When I grow up, I want to be a surgeon.”
At Father’s House, Cheaway is able to work towards dreams that she could never have hoped for in her old life. Whatever the future brings, she will have a family and friends who love, support, and encourage her, and that will make all the difference.