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.
“We planned an activity at the nursing home so the girls could have the opportunity to participate with the community, establish relationships and increase their personal development” – Caseworker
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.
The problem of human trafficking is a global phenomenon, and we truly believe that only a collective, national and international response will succeed in creating a long-term impact.
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.