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 »
For older teenagers who need safe shelter from abuse, it can be impossible to find a place to accept them. Christy* is a victim of human trafficking and carries the emotional and physical scars that come from those desperate circumstances. For a while, she and her sister were living in a shelter that specialized in victims of trafficking, but their experience there was not helpful or positive. Once Christy turned 18 she was not eligible for a government shelter, and they couldn’t find a private ministry to take them both. The sisters did not want to be separated, and it seemed Christy’s only option was living on the streets. Thankfully, someone contacted Kids Alive Guatemala on their behalf, and they found hope.
Casa Ester is one of the few ministries in Guatemala willing to accept teenagers, and we welcomed the girls with open arms. Christy has marveled at the different atmosphere in her new home, where they are not only safe but also encouraged and loved. She often says that she now has the family she has so desperately wanted. Because of the support your gifts make possible, she is attending high school along with beauty school, and is even considering university at some point. The circumstances of her past seemed an obstacle too big to overcome, but we are thankful that Christy found the hope and help she needed to face the future with confidence.
*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.