LOCKDOWN not BROKEN DOWN
Our organization’s heartbeat is to always help our sisters on the other side of the ocean! We asked our field volunteer to comment on what it's like right now for the girls in the home, and in their city. Here is her report:
Conditions during our nation’s lockdown are amongst the most severe in the world. For the past month, the older girls go up to the flat roof of our house, which overlooks the main road. From there, they witness the police stopping motorbikes and beating people with bamboo sticks, who they suspect are disobeying the lockdown instructions.
Our home manager has had difficulty getting to our home since she lives 10 kilometers away. She finally received special permission from the police to deliver provisions to our girls. Our manager has had to get up as early as 5:30 a.m. to quietly sneak to a provisions shop and get the girls vegetables, eggs, and milk. Since no one will deliver, she carries it home in her very strong arms; it is not safe at all in our neighborhood to use a motorbike or a vehicle. At the same time, businesses who donate funds and supplies to our home are closed and unable to do so.
The girls are thankfully all fine, and are on summer holiday from school from April to May. They are very thankful to have a large compound in which to be locked down. No guests are allowed, including their extended families, who generally visit this time of year. Our cook, who lives in a nearby village, cannot even come to the home. The girls are not allowed outside of the compound. For some it feels like a castle…"Can we watch another movie?"…for others a prison, "How come I can't go to the shop? Just once please!!!"
But they are children, and what they forget is that their lives before coming to our home were not locked down, but broken down. Here is a story of one of those special girls. We will call her Danita to keep her identity safe.
Danita came to us eight years ago at the tender age of three. A child with no mommy, an alcoholic, sexually-abusive father, and a well-meaning grandmother who lovingly attempted to find the best solution to get her granddaughter out of the slum. She called us and asked us to take in her grandchild. More than a year before, her mommy had committed suicide in the slum, by pouring kerosene on her body.
Women are victims of abuse and extra-marital affairs, and they perform desperate attempts for attention. Kerosene is given to the poor, for free, by the government for cooking purposes. Women pour it on their clothes, light a match, and then run out of the house through the slum, screaming at the top of their lungs. Many times the fire can be put out, but many times they burn to death.
Danita’s mama left behind three children; her two sons are older and there are many NGO's to help with boys. Danita was placed in our family home at just the right time. Two weeks after coming to live with her sisters, we found out her stomach was infested with worms. The doctor exclaimed many times how lucky Danita was she was rescued in time. The worm infestation was caused by eating garbage and mud in the slums. It was so severe, the doctor knew that without intervention, this beautiful little girl would have died.
Danita is now entering fifth grade and loves to sing and dance. She also loves to play soccer and is really good at riding her bike. She's a beautiful eleven-year-old girl, who had the fortunate opportunity to be given a second chance!!!
These are the type of destitute girls Sisters in Pink has the privilege of helping!
Will you help us provide provisions for our little sisters on the other side of the ocean during this pandemic?
Please consider donating $100 to sponsor one week of provisions at our Sisters in Pink home, which provides the following for 20 girls and staff:
$25 = One, 25 kg (~55 lbs.) bag of rice
$25 = One week of vegetables
$20 = One week of dried provisions
$15 = One week of milk
$15 = One week of fruit