Loved at Last

Loved at Last
Anea's parents abandoned her when she was five. Although she was taken in by a grandparent, the rejection affected her deeply. The very people who should have protected her, loved her and cherished her would have nothing to do with her.

As a teenager trying to negotiate life without a parent's guidance, she fell in with the wrong crowd, who trafficked her. She was sold for sex repeatedly. When an OMer met her two years ago, she was in despair, but not yet willing to take radical steps to change her life.

When she got pregnant, she was living with the father of her baby. When she told him she was pregnant, he said he had never loved her and was actually engaged to someone in Western Europe. He said that this girl had found out about Anea and was sending her brothers to kill her. He said she could stay with him until the baby was born, but then he never wanted to see her again. When her waters broke, he threw her out the house and told her never to come back. He refused to take her to hospital, so, in desperation, Anea called a taxi.

With her new baby in her arms, Anea's choice was stark. Her grandparents had said she could come back, but only if she gave up the baby to an orphanage. The alternative, so Anea thought, was homelessness; but she already loved the baby and refused to abandon it. The hospital took her to a local shelter where they taught her to care for the baby, but when the government cut funding to this shelter it was suddenly closed.  Again, Anea had nowhere to go with her tiny baby.

She got a taxi from the shelter to House of Joy. The staff were surprised to see a teenage girl with a tiny baby in her arms standing on the doorstep. Anea and her baby have been part of the House of Joy family ever since, and are doing well.

Anea's baby has given her the motivation to really change her life around and commit to everything that the program at House of Joy has to offer. Anea  is determined to give her daughter a better life than her own. She is studying hard, and hopes to finish her school exams and be able to continue in education. She knows that House of Joy is a real family for her. They love her, and she has a home there.

There are so many girls like Anea in Kosovo, trapped in a cycle of abuse and rejection. House of Joy is the only long-term reintegration center in the country. Thanks to your prayers and support, it is able to continue to offer hope to those who are in such desperate need.

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