Casa Ester, Kids Alive’s ministry to young women whose lives were shattered by exploitation, was born from a need to provide safe transitional housing for girls who grew up at Oasis. These girls have been rescued from dangerous environments, most often coming to Oasis under court-ordered protective custody and bearing the deep scars of their trauma. Casa Ester provides a supportive home for young women aged 18 and older where they learn important life skills, receive ongoing Christian discipleship, and continue to higher education programs. read more »
Elizabeth* is a young woman with special needs, but so far it is unclear whether her limited abilities are inherent or resulted from her history of abuse and neglect. For years, she was repeatedly raped by her step-father, and the first time she became pregnant her baby disappeared at the hospital. Last year she arrived at La Arquilla, once again pregnant, and soon gave birth to a baby girl.
Despite her difficulty in communicating, our psychologist was able to work with her to express the full scope of her horrific experiences. We supported Elizabeth as she gave testimony to the district attorney, and her abuser is currently awaiting trial. Since she is not capable of caring for her daughter, we are seeking a healthy adoption placement.
Through occupational and speech therapy, Elizabeth is being introduced to a life of dignity at a level of responsibility she can manage. We have already seen huge advances in her learning and behavior just by providing purposeful structure, a basic education, and life skills. Elizabeth’s future may look hopeless to some, but this beautiful young woman created in the image of God is learning she is valued and loved, and can look forward to a meaningful life.
*name changed to protect privacy
Site Partnership allows for services that reach beyond the basics of what Child Sponsorship provides, supplying resources for trauma training and therapy, nutritionists, social workers, educational counselors, discipleship, and more.
Young women are guided, with Christian care, as they transition to adulthood. They are assisted with searching for employment, life skills and continuing education. Those girls with cognitive disabilities that will never live independently are led in a life of dignity at the level of responsibility they can achieve.