Please note that in order to ensure the safety and protection of those rescued, we have chosen to omit or alter names and references to locations. This is Fiona’s story, a true story…
In the heart of Fiona’s journey, she discovered a newfound strength that transformed her life. A year into her journey towards freedom, Fiona now radiates hope and leadership, a remarkable shift from the despair in her eyes when she first came into contact with one of our partner organizations in April 2021.
Alone and facing the harsh realities of war-torn Uganda, Fiona’s childhood was marred by loss. Her mother’s illness claimed her life before Fiona turned 10, leaving her with no one and nowhere to turn. Locked out of her home due to unpaid rent, Fiona, with no known relatives, sought refuge with an older woman in the village. Yet, this generosity came at a price, as the woman’s male relatives posed a constant threat to Fiona’s safety.
Fiona’s escape from this danger led her to the streets, joining a friend already entangled in a difficult industry for survival. That industry was the sex trade. Introduced to drugs and alcohol, Fiona endured a life of exploitation, trading moments of her life for meager dollars. In the depths of her misery, Fiona even contemplated the unthinkable, ending everything to solve her troubles.
At 16, Fiona heard about an organization we work closely with, but remained skeptical. Past attempts for help had yielded no results and often put her in worse situations then before. Encouraged by a persistent lady from her community, Fiona reluctantly gave it a try. Surprisingly to her, she was welcomed warmly, introducing her to faith, and sparking a glimmer of hope in her heart.
Though leaving her street life proved challenging, Fiona persisted in our program, shedding the ties that bound her. Enrolled in community care and trauma rehabilitation programs, Fiona found solace from Ephesians 5, marking a pivotal moment in her journey towards freedom.
Today, Fiona, having completed tailoring training, is on the brink of a new chapter. Graduating soon, she’ll receive a tailoring package to kickstart her own business. Instead of the once cold gaze of brutality, Fiona’s eyes now reflect gentleness, compassion, and understanding.
Her life is no longer a tale of hopelessness; she stands strong, no longer alone. Fiona’s story, shared with her consent, is a testament to her resilience, and we are grateful to amplify her voice. Thank you for creating stories like this. It is because of you that we are able to lift up the voices of people like Fiona. Consider giving to our Rescuing Children project