After Leticia’s parents gave her away at the age of 11, the child’s life quickly unraveled. Her new parents beat her and demeaned her, and Leticia was not yet a teenager when her new brother began sexually assaulting her.
Distraught, she looked everywhere for an escape. Then she met an older man who promised her safety and said he would support her so that she could to go to school. But those promises came at a price. He would do all this, he said, in exchange for sex. With no other clear option in sight, Leticia relented.
Sometime after she moved in with the man, an astute neighbor realized what was going on next door. She called the police. The authorities removed Leticia from the home and, ultimately, brought her to Casa Alianza Honduras—Covenant House in Honduras. Since then, she has lived with us in our Querubines — Cherubs — Home for abused and trafficked girls.
Leticia is one of nearly 600 girls and teens who, over the past 13 years, have found love, protection, and their own resilience at Querubines Home. Here, Casa Alianza Honduras provides them with holistic care for the physical, emotional, and psychological trauma they’ve survived. Because of those terrible circumstances, it’s not uncommon to see them battle depression and even self-harm.
At Querubines Home, we help these courageous girls get their lives back on track. Most are enrolled in school, and all of them take advantage of the wide range of sports and recreation activities we provide. They play soccer and basketball, dance and listen to music, and on weekends, they enjoy outings to local parks, museums, and nearby villages.
Besides providing educational and recreational activities, Casa Alianza Honduras offers the girls at Querubines Home workshops where they learn to bake pastries or make costume jewelry, and gain a range of skills to help them as they begin to envision an independent future.
Leticia has participated in workshops in which she’s learned to make piñatas and costume jewelry, apply acrylic nails, and the basics of running her own business. She also has completed courses in English, computers, and health and nutrition.
Today, Leticia’s life is 180 degrees different than it was when she came to Querubines Home. She has graduated high school, volunteered with the Honduran Red Cross, and is now actively looking for employment. Casa Alianza Honduras will continue to stand with her as she begins to make her way and establish her independence.