Irene* came to our program in Palo Blanco over 10 years ago when she was just three years old. For several years, she seemed emotionally troubled, always appearing downcast and spending a lot of her time alone. Even at school, she wouldn’t interact much with others, and she struggled with thoughts of self-harm.
But over time, things began to change. At Palo Blanco, Irene received the emotional support she needed to work through problems, and she met regularly with a mentor. Her demeanor has become more outgoing, she walks around smiling, and she accepted Christ as her Savior. And now that Palo Blanco is in the process of extending education through 12th grade and Kids Alive is offering university scholarships, Irene has a path to grow up in a healthy environment and achieve successful independence. We pray that she’ll also be a light to her family and community as she honors God with her life.
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