The eldest of her nine siblings, she was responsible for supporting the family. “I never got enough sleep. I would go fishing with my father early in the morning and I would always get to sleep late. We lived day by day.”
Recently Leakena first opened the doors to her salon and in doing so, she entered into the next chapter of her story. Just two years earlier, Leakena probably wouldn’t have imagined herself to be where she is today.
Part 1 in our reintegration success story series – Her Future is Hers. We are so proud of all the accomplishments of our girls – the big and the small! Each milestone brings them further along in their journey.
Side by side, they faced incredible odds, overcame fear and obstacles and are pursuing their dreams. Through it all they encourage and help each other, demonstrating the true power of friendship.
Many of our girls have never been shown kindness, appreciation or love but with the right support they can overcome their grief and trauma. One of the tools we use to help them are our very popular Teddy Bear Kits.
A large part of what we do involves removing the veil of lies from each child we rescue and help them to see that they are more, far more, than their bodies, that they have value beyond measure and they are worthy of love.
The Cambodian government recently evaluated our homes in Phnom Penh and Kampong Cham, and both received very good scores.