Rose is no stranger to hard places. Very soon after Rose was born, her mother fell ill and died. She then went to live with her grandmother but her grandmother was very elderly and weak.
By the time Rose was about four years old, she became the caregiver for her grandmother.
One day, Rose was going to get some food. A man from her neighborhood attacked the little girl and assaulted her. She was very traumatized by the situation, quickly going home and sharing with her grandmother what happened. It scared the elderly woman so much that she had a heart attack and died.
Rose was now completely alone.
Open Arms had a feeding program close to where Rose lived, so one day she went to get some food. In the evening, when the children are expected to go home, she wouldn't leave.
The Open Arms staff began to ask her why she would not leave and she told them what had happened. She was taken to the hospital to receive medical care and Rose was found to be HIV positive…at four years old.
Rose grew up in Open Arms Village. By the time she got to high school, she was a star of the Village. Now she's 19 and in college.
Rose now gives back and even helps counsel the young ones at Open Arms Village who have gone through traumatic events. Rose is now living a story of hope because of you.
You can write a story of hope for children that are suffering in hard places. Your gift today will provide a place for children to find the soul nourishment they need to flourish.
Executive Director, Open Arms International US
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