After many months of monitoring, extended overnight family visits, and counseling, two girls from the transition were reintegrated home to their family on March 15, 2012.
The SHE staff stood beside the girls—sisters aged 11 and 15—to celebrate the final step of their journey through aftercare. The boundaries on these precious lives have been extended to once again include their home, schools, and community. Both girls were elated, having eagerly anticipated this day over the course of their time with SHE.
The SHE girls, staff, and counselors gathered to celebrate this exciting transition at a special reintegration party. During the devotional time, a story was shared: a visit to the Phnom Penh of the future, where the streets and the lives of those who walk them are different. The girls are no longer 11 and 15, sheltered under the care of SHE. Now, at 28 and 32 years old, they work in the community, perhaps as lawyers or teachers. The seeds sown in their youth bear the fruit of strength, dignity, and empowerment that will last for generations.
As the girls listened, they squealed and laughed at the brightness of the future ahead. Their house sisters expressed gratitude and encouragement to each of the girls, and the sisters responded in kind. These girls have been a great presence in the lives of their house sisters, whether by mentoring them, teaching them life skills, or playing alongside them at school and at home.
The sisters have now relocated to a different community. They will ride their bicycles to school each day and come home to their mother each night. They will advance in their educations as they transfer from full-time to part-time school, much to their delight.
In addition to the love, wisdom, and training the sisters received at SHE, each girl has returned home with a bicycle, a mobile phone, and equipment that will enable them to continue utilising the vocational skills they learned under SHE’s care. This ensures that the girls can contribute financially to their family’s income, alleviating the cycle of poverty and removing the threat of sale into the sex trafficking.
Friends, your support has made this possible. Thank you for bringing the light and love of Jesus to these beautiful daughters!