(Pseudonym and stock photo used to protect her identity)
After my parents got divorced, me and two of my sisters moved with our Mama to Chinthalapudi. My other sister had some psychological problems, so she stayed with our Papa…for a while, anyway. I guess she ran away from him eventually. Anyway, once we arrived in our new village, Mama arranged for me and my sisters to stay in a welfare hostel there. The hostel was run by a bad man, though, and he sexually abused the girls staying in his hostel, including me and my sisters. Finally, I told the police what was happening, and they sent me back to my Mama.
Mama sent me to work, because we needed more money, so I become a day laborer. That’s where I met Sreenu. He tricked me into marrying him, and then he abused me, so they took me away from him and placed me in a government home. I was scared because I wasn’t having my monthly cycle, so I thought I had become pregnant and I’m only 14. I didn’t have any idea how I would take care of a baby. But I was sent for a pregnancy test and it was negative. It turns out I had just become anemic and needed more iron, which the doctor prescribed for me.
After I left the government home, I was sent here to New Horizons House. There were only a few other girls there when I arrived, and I didn’t trust anyone at first. But they gave me brand new clothes, and a bed that was all my own, and they continue to let me have as much hot food as I want. Sometimes there’s even cake! One of my favorite things is that we have a room full of sewing machines, so I can practice my tailoring all the time. Someday, when I’m ready to leave New Horizons House, I want to support myself by becoming a tailor, so I’m happy to learn as much as I can while I’m here.
I would like to learn to sew.
Dreams for Future
I want to be a tailor and complete all the training so I can establish myself with the support of NHH.
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