In our Oasis community, girls and young women who have been rescued from abuse and exploitation find a safe, loving place to call home. All of our girls are under court-ordered protection, sent to us by the Guatemalan authorities, and all bear the emotional and sometimes physical scars of the worst kinds of betrayal. read more »
Maria* was raised in a home of violence and addictions. No one cared for her needs or gave her the attention necessary for healthy development and safety, and she was first raped at the age of eight by a neighbor. As she grew older, she chose living on the streets over the violence in her own home and began to take drugs and commit crimes as a way of survival. She eventually became pregnant and was referred to our La Arquilla home, where her son was born. Due to her drug use during pregnancy, her son was born with serious health problems. Maria and her son now live separately at Oasis and La Arquilla as we seek what is best for both of them.
Maria is now receiving intensive therapy for her withdrawal symptoms, tendencies toward self-harm, and nightmares. We are beginning to see some progress, and at age 15 she is now studying 4th grade in our school. Maria’s family has begun to see the great need for change and healing, and they are working with our Families Together program to create a safer, healthier environment for everyone. They visit Maria regularly and hope to one day be able to care for her at home again. We have great hope that through God’s great love and power, Maria can heal from past wounds and 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, discipleships, and more.
Christian house parents provide a loving, safe environment for these rescued girls. Quality education and trauma-focused therapy help them adjust to life away from their abusers and begin to rebuild their lives.