Anabel* came to the Ark 10 years ago after her mother died. The trauma took its toll on her, both physically and emotionally, but our staff was committed to helping her grow stronger and begin to heal. Even after she began growing physically stronger, she struggled to mature emotionally. She was easily frustrated, often quitting a school assignment if she encountered a problem. Losing her temper on the soccer field became a liability to her team and hurt her relationships with teammates. For the past two years, our counselor and other staff have worked to help Anabel learn techniques to better regulate her emotions, and we are seeing significant improvements.
In the classroom, she is showing real perseverance, which is leading to better grades. We were thrilled to see her display great composure in a recent soccer tournament where there were some emotionally charged games. Her team made it all the way to the final game of a prestigious national tournament! Anabel is truly blossoming in so many areas of her life, and we are excited to watch what God continues to do with this precious girl in the future.
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