This year we are sponsoring a single mother who is a refugee from a war-torn country, and a survivor of horrific domestic violence. She escaped her abuser a year ago and now supports her three children on her own.
Due to the delicate nature of this situation, we will not be releasing any names or photos of this family in order to protect their identities.
To see the list of items we plan to purchase for this family, click here.
Amelia's* story is truly remarkable. In 2015, in the midst of the war-torn African country of the Congo, Amelia was violently attacked by her abusive husband's family. They managed to break her leg to the point of needing internal metal supports to hold the leg together. In 2016, she was ripped from her home by soldiers as her village burned to the ground. Two of her children managed to escape with her, while she was forced to leave her other three children behind. It has been two years, and she still does not know what became of her missing children.
That is when she fled her country with her husband and two remaining children. They were granted asylum in the United States, where they are now registered refugees. But the horrors of Amelia's story do not end there. Her husband continued to violently abuse her. In an act of incredible strength, Amelia took the children and escaped her abuser, all while being 9 months pregnant. They lived in a battered women's shelter until she was able to find housing last Summer.
Her story is made remarkable by the courage and strength she has shown in the face of overwhelming trauma. Domestic Violence is horrifically common, and is unfortunately difficult to escape. It is a trademark abuse tactic to reduce the victim's self-worth to nothing, to the point where they don't feel anyone else would love or care for them the way the abuser [sometimes] does. The abuser tends to cut the victim off from family and friends, making it difficult to reach out for help. An escape becomes even more difficult when there is a marriage and children involved, especially if the victim is financially dependent on the abuser. If a victim does try to escape, the abuser often threatens to harm or kill the victim and their loved ones. For these reasons, and many more, victims often do not attempt to escape. Amelia has both survived and escaped the unthinkable.
In an incredible turn of events, Amelia and her three children are now living a stable life away from their abuser. Amelia is currently working with resources in her community to help her pursue a brighter future for her and her children. Additionally, Amelia is receiving disability and food stamps from the state, which continues to be enough to sustain the family in a low-income-housing apartment. Amelia hopes to be able to work in the future if the condition of her leg improves enough to allow her to stand for long periods of time. She is very grateful for your support in becoming a more self-sustaining family.
To see a list of her needs, please find the "click here" link at the top of this page.
*Name has been changed to protect the identity of this family