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August 10, 2015

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"For the first time in their lives these precious little girls are being protected and watched over,  for the first time in their lives they get to be children."

 

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“Do you accept siblings?” Mikaela only had one question as her hopeful eyes looked up at me at the end of our referral interview. At 15 years old, Mikaela was referred to Safe through the Philippine department of social welfare. As we talked and I began to get a grasp on her story, it became clear that Mikaela was very concerned about her 11 year old sister, Maggie.  When Mikaela was 13, teachers saw signs of abuse and an investigation showed that Mikaela had been a victim of sexual violence and neglect for 8 years. They removed her from the home and placed her in an orphanage but left eight year old Maggie in the home where the abuse had occurred. For two years they were separated; Mikaela cried every night, tormented that she had ‘abandoned’ her sister.

 

During that time, Mikaela was molested again by an orphanage staff member. A social worker with a heart for sexually abused girls knew Mikaela needed to be protected and referred her to Safe Refuge. Through all of this, Maggie remained Mikaela’s number one priority. She didn’t want her younger sister to experience the pain, fear and abuse that had stolen her own childhood. Mikaela wanted to be in a place where she could go through the healing process and feel secure but she knew that could never happen if she was unable to protect her sister when her life was at great risk. 

 

When I asked, “Would you like your sister to be with you? Would you feel at peace if she stays with you?” tears filled her eyes as she slowly nodded. She let out a deep breath and it was as if she was releasing a load that had been much too heavy for her young shoulders. The sad and disturbing truth is that her worries and fears are all valid.  I can’t count the number of times we’ve heard stories from those who have been victims of molestation, sexual abuse and exploitation with siblings who also become easy prey for the abuser. This is especially true in cases like Mikaela’s where the abusers were family members. More often than not, statistics show that these siblings are likely to end up working in the bars prostituting themselves or being pimped out by their abusers. The vast majority of girls we’ve talked to who currently or used to work in bars were first abused in their homes.  

 

Our social worker and the referring party worked together tirelessly to get custody of Maggie and a few days after Mikaela came to live with us she was reunited with her sister. They’re now living together at Safe as they begin the journey of healing and rebuilding. For the first time in their lives these precious little girls are being protected and watched over, for the first time in their lives they get to be children.

Thank You for helping make Mikaela and Maggie safe.
Every prayer and every gift does make a lasting difference!!
 
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Her Heart Cry...
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Mikaela's burden to see her sister Maggie safe, is one heart cry we hear over and over at Safe Refuge. Every rescued girl  has siblings. We do have several sibling groups in our safe houses, but sometimes we don't know where the siblings are or they are nowhere that we can reach or rescue them. So we pray.

Each beautiful rescued soul at Safe Refuge prays fervently and passionately for the lives of their brothers or sisters who are starving, abused, and exploited.

Let us also never forget these most vulnerable, precious ones and do all we can in prayer and support to see God rescue them and give them a new life!

Donations can be sent through link in this email or checks may be sent to:
Safe Refuge International
PO Box 690194
Vero Beach, Fl 32969
 
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If you have a heart to help Safe Refuge right now and would like to know how, here’s some current needs on top of our daily operation costs!

We are estimating our accreditation process to cost around $2,500 and desperately need help to make this happen!

We are in need of new beds for our growing number of rescued girls!
$125 for a bed and foam mattress
(Most girls we rescue have never slept on a real bed before!)

With our growing number of students we really need to have a good computer! $350

We are still in need of sponsors for our students. We are continually taking in new girls!

Our sponsorship program is $35/mo to take care of our elementary and high school students.
$750 can send a girl to college for an entire semester!

If you would like Naomi to share with your church or a group of your friends about Safe Refuge, please drop us an email or contact us through the website!
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In underdeveloped nations half a million die a year from preventable pregnancy complications. 3,000 women die EVERY DAY. 2 women every 60 seconds. Safe Refuge cares for and provides the necessary medical provisions and birthing care so girls can give birth to healthy children and learn how to care for their lives and the lives of their babies. Every life is worth it! Making one life SAFE includes providing for the women and children who are pregnant and in need of care.