|I inserted this picture again because Fatima, the girl in red shirt (far left), decided to leave the home. We regret to say that she made that decision as an adult (as she turned 18) but against our will. We encouraged her to finish the school year, find a job, and rent a home before leaving us. We tried to convince her to change her mind by giving our rationale but she had clearly made up her mind to leave. Actually, when she first came to us two years ago, she said that when she turned 18, she would leave. Fatima insisted that she will make it to live in her own by joining her friend (from a State Orphanage ) who now lives in Tirana. We helped her with transportation and got to know her friend’s family. They are a normal family comprised her friend and her mother, step-father, and brother. We told her that if she changes her mind, our door is still open.
Fatima is thinking that as an adult, she has to make every decision on her own; in her opinion, we have been a constraint on that. We have taught her many life skills, and if we compare Fatima of today with the Fatima of two years ago she has changed a lot, by gaining many skills and growing in self-esteem. Deep down, we think the main reason for her poor decision to leave now is the lack of a Christian commitment. We will continue to pray for her and to offer support differently to the degree that she allows us.
We do not know if we can call her story a success, but for sure we will not call it a failure. Fatima gained much education and skills for her future life from her two years of staying at the EW home.
Always we remember, Why we do what we do? Because of the issue:
Albania is primarily a source country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor, including the forced begging of children. Children were exploited for commercial sex, forced begging, and forced criminality, girls were also subjected to prostitution or forced labor after arranged marriage.
And because of the command in scripture: Give justice to the poor and the orphan, rescue the poor and helpless. Psalm 82:3-4.
Our mission continues. Thank you for joining us
To provide a culturally sensitive, safe and nurturing home where at-risk youth can reach their potential spiritually, intellectually, physically and relationally.
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