T is one of the rescued girls who participated in our pilot sales program at a safe house in Mozambique. Here is her story in her own words:
“I was forced to the street because there wasn’t food or money at home. I was forced to work there to support my family.
Deborah found me and told me don’t be despaired. There is another life. And so I followed a new road with her. I have changed and become a new person.
When I was living on the street is was like being another person. Like living in another person’s body. I’m not that person anymore. You wouldn’t know that I am the same person.
When I lived in Deborah’s project with the other girls they helped me. They still help me. I am very happy for this. For a long time I have been able to live with the project helping me.
What are my dreams? This is my dream. This is my dream. To arrive at the place that I am is already a dream come true.
I want to build a block house. I want to live in a place that is safe. I want to go to school. I want to be somebody. I want to be a teacher, perhaps an educator at a center.
I want to be a great mom. One who encourages. One who is faithful. Who gives my children an education and is an example.
If I would have stayed on the street I would be dead. Many people who I knew stayed on the street and they died. I would have been one of them.”
2015 UPDATE: T has been selling bras through the Free The Girls program since 2011. Today, she supports herself and her two daughters, and is able to send her daughters to school. She built a block house with the extra money she’s made through her bra business–one of the largest houses in her neighborhood.