Imagine for a moment you are born into impossible circumstances. You enter the world lacking a father seeing as he passed away before you were born, your seventeen year old mother does not have the means to care for you, and sadly, passed on the life dooming illness of HIV.
This is the story of Wendi*, a young woman currently living in our transitional, restoration home.
Wendi grew up in her aunt’s home where she was physically and sexually abused for most of her life. Wendi lived as a restavek, a term used to describe children living enslaved to domestic servitude, who are forced to do housework, are abused and not placed in school.
For sixteen years, this was Wendi’s life.
At age sixteen, Wendi decided to leave and went to live with a different family member. She spent nearly a year there and her life began to improve, when tragically, her health took a turn for the worst. After discovering that Wendi was HIV positive, her family wanted nothing to do with her.
Sick, abandoned and alone, Wendi ended up in a charity hospital in a town called Miragoâne, hours from her home.
However, destiny was at work.
At this hospital, social services were contacted about Wendi. They came and met with her and told her about a program in Jacmel who could help her.
That program was Jasper House Haiti.
Four months later, Wendi is health, happy and thriving in our home. She has found hope, healing and most of all, transformation of her mind and heart. Wendi praises God and knows that years ago when she prayed for Him to deliver her, He heard her cries and answered her.