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It’s not OK- Why we do what we do -a message from SHE Rescue Home

Posted on October 17, 2013

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This is the story of one on the girls in our care. We’ve omitted her name to protect her identity, but perhaps just for a moment you could step out of your skin and imagine your name in her place…

She is four feet tall, has a self-cut bob haircut and a big toothy smile. For the longest time she has known the most beautiful Cambodian proverb- that she is like a white cloth. She is pure and clean with no blemishes (just as a young girl should be). This knowledge gave her a hope for the future that far outweighed her circumstances. She has never met her dad, her mum was sent to prison for drug trafficking and until she entered the care of SHE Rescue home, she was living with her grandmother in a home most would nt even consider a home. With no other options available she begged and sold bracelets on the street to contribute towards her family income.

Note: Cambodian proverbs do state that women are pure like white cloth however this is not the whole proverb. In it’s entirety the proverb is as follows… Men are like gold and women are like white cloth. If god is tarnished it can be polished up like new, though if white cloth is stained, it is stained forever…

She had befriended a group of 13-15 year old boys for protection as she begged into the early hours of the morning, though instead of protecting her, the raped her. Betrayed and distraught she went to the one place she knew to escape- her grandmother.

She disclosed this terribly painful and confusing experience to her grandmother only to find out that her grandmother’s concern did not lie in her grief but that she was no longer white cloth anymore-she was tarnished. As time passed she began to believe it herself.

Because of this stigma and dramatic drop in perceived worth, her grandmother started taking her to motel rooms where elderly western men were waiting- not to rescue her, not to comfort her, but to further break her body and her spirit in unspeakable ways.

Thankfully this is not the end f her story (even though for so many women and girls who never get rescued, it is). She was rescued and taken to the safe-haven that is the SHE Rescue Home. Though it took some time she has realized that she will never be taken to another motel room again. The new people she is with don’t beat her, don’t mistreat her, certainly don’t rape her and in fact treat her as is there isn’t a stain marred across her life at all. She goes to school rather than sell things on the street, She gets to talk with professional counselors about her life, She has a social worker to help her and her family move towards a better future, and she gets a warm dry bed and a loving house mother every single night until that better future she had always hoped for can become a reality. It’s not ok that she had to experience what she did and that’s why we do what we do. -SHE Rescue Home

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Hope -a message from Lacey Garret

Posted on May 23, 2013

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Living in Cambodia is a little bit like living in another world. The reality of it is so hard to convey to those who have never been. Cambodia is a world filled with absolute devastation and a history of despair, yet is a country which I believe has a future of hope.

I believe this because I see a new generation rising up. A generation that is fighting to be noticed and cared for. A generation that is determined to live.

I believe that as I walk into our home each day, we are raising up the next leaders of Cambodia. That gives me hope.

I see girls filled with joy and peace. Girls who have experienced atrocities that none should ever know, yet have survived and fought. Girls who have not let hardship stop them, but who have pushed forward and grasped onto change.

I see a generation. Rising up to take their place. With selfless faith.

I was singing these words by Brooke Fraser today and declared that over our girls. I hope over a country still struggling to find its feet.

I look for the hope around me everyday. It is there. Always there. And today I grab it and hold on tight.

Lacey works as a Project Support Officer in the She Rescue Home, Cambodia. Photo credit: C Mattner