Four years ago we set out to found Casa del Jardin, the first group home in Baja California, Mexico for child victims of human trafficking. Last year we received two young girls who reminded us why we risk everything to rescue children. Their names are Karina, age 12, and Sofia, age nine—two sisters who were lured into child pornography at the hands of their own mother.
Today, the two sisters thrive at Casa del Jardin, where they receive counseling, education, legal assistance and medical care. But most importantly, they finally found a home where they truly feel loved. Last month we celebrated lil Sofia’s birthday and the look on her face was priceless when she closed her eyes to blow out the candles on her cake and opened them to see a gift-wrapped bicycle with a red ribbon on top.
Like Karina and Sofia, each year, more than 20,000 children in Mexico are bought and sold into the sex trade. Over 20 girls have come to Casa del Jardin with their dreams shattered in a million little pieces. Yet the home has given them courage to believe that no dream is impossible. Like us, they dream of becoming doctors, lawyers and successful entrepreneurs. Like us, they want to change the world.
Unfortunately, our girls' dreams are in danger of being broken once again. The donor who had purchased a home for them last year broke his promise to donate the home and is now asking for us to leave. We are facing an unprecedented emergency and are in urgent need of a new home. These innocent girls literally have nowhere else to go as they are victims of organized crime or were exploited by their own families, which means that going back home could put them in harm's way.
We are reaching out to you requesting your help not for us but for our young girls. We know firsthand what human trafficking does to children as we have worked in the trenches of this issue for more than 15 years. Our work is completely voluntary because we want all donations to go directly to the home and the girls we serve.
By donating today you will contribute to the future home of our girls. Join us today and help us give them a reason to believe in their dreams again!
To donate today, please click on the red DONATE NOW button at the top right. To learn more about us, click on the following link International Network of Hearts.
Thank you and God bless!