My name is “Blessing.” I am eighteen months old and I was born in Liberia, West Africa. Even though I’m not old enough to read or write, my heart holds a lot of pain and memories. And my story is not unlike many young girls here my country.
We are victims of a post war culture that hides crimes against us and yet we are often too small to articulate our abuse. Many of us are raped at very young ages, even before the age of ten. Some of us are forcibly removed from our homes in an attempt to put us through a “womanhood” process that includes female circumcision.
Others of us are abandoned or may become victims of sex trafficking. We need an advocate, we need someone who cares and knows our culture and how to help us recognize our worth in a community of violence and neglect.
Please meet our “Mommie…Rosy.” Ma Rosy is our advocate, she fights and cares for us, she sees our future as bright and invites others to to partner in our success. She founded Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness, Inc. (“THINK”). Through THINK, we are given a safe place away from our abusers.
THINK provides us with housing, education and training. Ma Rosy and her team show us the true hands and feet of Jesus. We see love and hope through real service and caring.
Please, it’s not too late for me, and others like me. Ma Rosy and THINK currently don’t have enough room to take in others who are in danger, but their recent Epic Award Nomination gives us hope that our story will be heard. The nomination gives us another platform in which our small voices can echo just a little further and a little louder. This nomination means recognition of our story, recognition of our needs and recognition that Ma Rosy is a continual servant to us.
So, from me and all of those that I represent, thank you Epic Awards for giving us a chance.