Casa Ester grew out of a realization that many girls who grew up at Oasis did not have a safe family to live with when they became 18 years of age. The emotional scars from their sexual abuse and exploitation are still with them as they begin to navigate adulthood and independence. read more »
Natalia* is from Guatemala City and grew up in a children’s home that is not affiliated with Kids Alive. That ministry had no transition to independent living, and when she turned 18 she would simply be asked to leave. Fortunately, the ministry where she lived heard about Casa Ester and called us to see if Natalia could enroll. After an interview process, we agreed to welcome her and she joined our ministry. She had a difficult first year, learning a whole new “family” while working and studying simultaneously, but in the midst of this pressure she thrived. Her determination and drive were evident from the moment she arrived at Casa Ester. After completing a two-year accounting degree, she had the extraordinary opportunity to complete a very special practicum at the Guatemalan Association for Autism.
She used her accounting skills in this practicum by supporting the office with settlements, archiving financial documents, and studying under the director of the program. Because of her responsibility, punctuality, respect, and communication skills, she was offered a full-time position with the Association. She will continue to study accounting at university while she is working. Natalia is thankful for the ministry of Casa Ester, as it helped launch her more confidently in the direction of her gifts and dreams. We are proud of her and congratulate her on what she has accomplished through her hard work and determination!
*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.