Your support matters. You can change lives.
On March 8, for International Women's Day, we asked you to support our cause.
Some of you have recently discovered the work we do, others have been faithful supporters for a long time.
So many of you answered our call and you made it possible for us to support a woman throughout her pregnancy and until her child turns 18 months. You made it possible for that child to have a great start to life with a team of dedicated professionals providing the best care available. We receive your letters of encouragement; know that we value your contributions.
Your donation made it possible for us to support a woman like Sreydy.
Sreydy is a very young woman who was referred to us by a partner NGO. She still bears the looks of someone who is barely out of childhood. Her cheeks are still full, her eyes the colours of ebony. Her hair rests on her shoulders.
Her shoulders seem to engulf her neck as if they could hide her entire body. Sreydy is shy and she carries her story with her.
Sreydy was 4 months pregnant when she was referred to Mother’s Heart. Many of the women who are referred to us at a young age have been victims of predators.
Sreydy was no exception.
She was no longer safe in her community. She felt threatened. She needed to leave. For the first time in her life, she had to leave her community, for something she was not guilty of. Leave behind her friends, her mother. She was heartbroken, isolated, lonely, and sad. She begged us to take her away from home. She was feeling unsafe, scared. The trauma was still fresh, like an open wound.
In the West, we would call that PTSD, here, there is no name for it. It is only seen as shame and weakness.
Our staff made the long journey to her community and escorted her to Phnom Penh.
They took her t