“When we started this work here, we found girls with no prospects in life and without dreams. Many confessed that they would rather die than live with the memory of the abuse they suffered. With the work we are doing every month, we can clearly see progress in their lives. Some are recovering at a faster rate, are even being allowed to attend church meetings and are breaking free from their past. Besides these many activities, we also show that with faith and trust in God, we can overcome any daily struggles. We can turn our past into a strength in the present and be an example of achievement,” said Big Sister, Ana Paula Teixeira, responsible for work carried out at “The House”.
Who has never dreamed? A dream to achieve great things, to be successful, to build a family, to be someone of standing in society and so on …?
Such dreams may be common for many, but not for those who once suffered the pain of abuse. Their hope was stolen and their dreams have become unattainable and frustrating.
Any kind of abuse is traumatic, especially when it happens in childhood. The tendency is for a person who has suffered abuse to isolate themselves and many ending up suffering from depression. No matter how painful and irreversible the consequences may seem, recovery can take place.
Aware of this, the Godllywood group has dedicated time to helping in the recovery of girls, aged between eight and 20 years, who have been sexually abused and rejected by their families. Every month the group visits a residencial care shelter called “The House”, a rescue home and shelter for abandoned, destitute and neglected children.
There they conduct activities to help the girls reintegrate into society and to dream of a better future.
Recently the girls took part in a Day Spa, learnt to fend for themselves and held an Arts and Crafts Day, making and displaying art work reflecting their talents. Among the many other activities held were a tea party, giving them the chance to interact with each other and create bonds of friendship and trust.
On their last visit Godllywood members emphasised the importance of dreaming again, fighting for their goals and developing their talents.