When Jade* was 14, she was living on the streets, looking for hope but finding precious little.Her earliest memory is of crawling under her bed and stuffing her fingers in her ears to block out the screams. Her parents were always fighting and it was better to hide than risk a violent beating.
Jade often missed school, but if her parents noticed they didn’t care. She was left to fend for herself. One day Jade’s dad tried to strangle her. That was the day Jade decided to never go back home. This was how her childhood ended. Jade became one of many disposable kids on the streets, set adrift into uncertainty.
We hope that through the expert guidance of our case workers, Jade can overcome the trauma of her childhood and recover her capacity to trust. It’s not a quick fix. If only we’d been able to intervene early before the damage was done.
Thanks to you, Jade is finally safe at one of our youth refuges. But the abuse and neglect she suffered as a child has left deep, psychological wounds that may never heal.
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“I grew up in a house where monsters were real. I never felt safe.” Jade, 14 years old