She spent last Christmas, trapped in a cybersex den being violated in front of a web camera, over and over again. This year Ruby’s smile and laughter echo as she plays with her infant daughter in front of her very first Christmas tree. This is her baby girl’s first Christmas, but it’s also this 16 year old’s very first Christmas to be safe and surrounded with love and peace.
Bridgette, Nela and Hannah grew up in orphanages where Christmas was the time they were the most aware of how alone and unloved they were. Tears were brought to my eyes as the girls shared how they spent their Christmases alone, cooking a small can of sardines in a big pot of water on charcoal outside, because all the staff were with their families.. They had no family, no love, no safety- not having a Christmas to celebrate was the least of their needs. However, today they find comfort in their shared journeys and belonging in a safe family celebrating the birth of Christ and the love they have in their lives.
This is Nica’s 4th Safe Christmas, and this year she’s a high school student!
An education was a dream she never thought possible when she started working to support her family at 7 years old.
This Christmas there are 50 beautiful souls that Safe Refuge is taking care of. Your support provides everything from their rescue to critical medical care, food, shelter, clothing, education, and most important the gift of HOPE and LOVE. Thank you to our new and faithful supporters you are making a critical difference and changing our world one life a time!!
As 2014 comes to a close and you’re thinking about year-end giving, please consider giving a gift that will rescue and change lives forever.
Naomi & Safe Refuge Family