I grew up in the largest orphanage in Moldova. When I was four, my mom became blind in an accident. My grandmother looked after me for a while, but it was hard because she didn’t have a job. When I was seven, she put me in the orphanage.
Being in the orphanage was not fun. I had no one. No one ever told me that I was loved. I had no hope, and wanted to give up on life.
At 16, we “graduate” and are kicked out of the orphanage. When I turned 16, I would cry myself to sleep. The orphanage wasn’t great, but it was all I had. I was told about the risk of human trafficking, but without a place to go, I didn’t know how to avoid this risk. I didn’t know who to ask for help.
A few days before I was put out, I was told about Stella’s House. I didn’t believe something like this existed for me—an orphan. I couldn’t believe that I would be able to continue my studies and be a normal kid. Stella’s House and 100X taught me about Christ by showing that they care for kids like me—they gave me a future when I didn’t have any hope and the family I’ve always wanted! In my country, girls like me disappear into the sex trade and their story ends very differently. I know Stella’s Voice and 100X saved my life.
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*100X has partnered with Stella’s Voice in Moldova since 2006.