Do you see the girls in the picture above?
They have families who care and take care of them, as it should be. What you do not see are the girls beyond the camera's eye. Those who are afraid to go home because they are being battered, assaulted and exploited by men, even men in their own family. It is for their sake that we will build a girls sanctuary. We have to.
The dream of a sanctuary for girls was born in 2015 by Liling Coruna, who runs Star of Hope Philippines together with her husband Pastor Gani Coruna. She could no longer stand silently with the heartbreaking stories that the young girls of the schools confessed to her. Many told me that they would keep their secret, and the cases she allowed to report to police have usually led to investigations being closed - with the risk of girls ending up in an even worse situation afterward.
They are at risk of being bullied at school and rumors spreading in the community, so where will they go? For a girl in that situation, there are no safe places left. That's exactly why Liling has decided to create one. In 2015 she caught sight of a piece of overgrown land next to our school in Taytay and saw a solution in front of her; a welcoming two-story building with kitchen, dining room, dorms, and living room. A place where their terror and grief can be put away and the girls can sleep without fear and find comfort healing in each other's company.
Among the soil and weeds, Liling saw a home for those who have forgotten what it's like to feel at home. Now, two years later, her dream is close to becoming reality. Last year, the foundation was completed and step by step the frame for the two floors grew. In parallel with this, Taytay's school has begun to change attitudes, mainly about the women's view of women, to break the evil circle.
Liling longs for looking up the gates to the sanctuary - but at the moment all work is still standing. 95,000 dollars is what is needed to turn the building from a stable concrete skeleton to the warm welcome home as the most vulnerable girls in the city are so in need.
If we are to complete the project and have the desired effect, you and I, and other warmhearted loving people have to step in and make a difference together.
A few hundred dollars may feel insufficient, but in the end, they are crucial - because there are thousands of such gifts that will come to our goal. The sooner the better - and every dollar takes us closer to the day when the first girls can move in.
Larger donations? please call Mark Presson 866 653 0321