Rehema House: Talia’s Story

Talia and her little sister, Hope, were both removed from a very difficult home situation. Their mother left the family when Talia was just two years old, leaving both girls in the custody of their father. When Talia was 13, the sisters were removed from his home and taken to a child protection center, located just down the road from Rehema House.

Talia was quite behind in her schooling, and little had been done to help her catch up. When Talia reached 18 years of age, she was required to leave the government-run center. With no extended family to return to, and a limited education, she had little hope for her future. But God intervened.

A space was made for Talia at Rehema House. After she attempted to finish sixth grade, it became clear Talia was too far behind in her education to catch up. When we asked her about her dreams, she revealed that she wanted to learn to cook! So, we helped her find a two-year internship at a prestigious restaurant, which she has since completed with flying colors. Talia was hired as a sous chef at the restaurant when she completed her internship in March 2020.

Unfortunately, that restaurant closed due to COVID restrictions and has not yet reopened. Talia has since moved out of Rehema House and is transitioning into independent living. She has found a job at a local snack shop, and, although she is at times discouraged about her employment prospects in a post-pandemic world, she continues to press on, making the world a more beautiful place—one meal at a time.

Talia’s sister, Hope, moved into Rehema House when she was 18 years of age and is currently studying to become an engineer.

Alliance Women seeks to raise $36,500 to help purchase land and build Rehema House. Would you prayerfully consider giving to this need so that young women can find mercy and hope?

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Rehema House: Dawn’s Story

When Dawn was six years old, her parents died in a car accident and she was sent to live with relatives in the countryside. Although she was well-treated and cared for, she was never sent to school. Instead, she learned how to do domestic work.

When Dawn turned 12, her elderly relatives could no longer care for her and she was sent to the girl’s protection center in the same city where Rehema House is located. Her relatives passed away shortly after she arrived. The administrators at the center saw that while Dawn had no formal education, she had a quick mind and a desire to learn.

After an intensive year at a special school for illiterate females, Dawn was enrolled, at age 13, in first grade. She completed elementary school at the top of her class. Yet Dawn knew that her time at the center was limited—when they turn 18, girls age-out of the government system here. So as her 18th birthday loomed, Dawn became fearful. She had no living relatives and had a deep desire to complete her education.

One day, a woman came to the center seeking a live-in house helper. If Dawn took the position, she wouldn’t be permitted to continue her schooling, effectively ending her education at the sixth-grade level. But it appeared that domestic servitude was her only option.

Thankfully, a space opened for Dawn at Rehema House. She joined us in February 2020, just in time for COVID lock down! She is currently in seventh grade, and, despite the educational challenges of this past year, she has continued to remain at the top of her class.

Along with a quick mind, Dawn is also gifted with a tender heart. Recently, while at the market with one of our house moms, Dawn learned the story of one of the local vegetable vendors.  Moved with compassion, she convinced the other girls to pool a portion of their allowances to purchase this young man’s much-needed medicine.

Also, a new girl has joined our house community who is deeply struggling, and Dawn is always available with a listening ear and a kind word.

Dawn dreams of becoming an engineer, but she also wants to invest herself in helping others and building a more caring society. She has expressed interest in hearing about the gospel from our house moms and is daily learning about the value she holds in her true Father’s eyes.

Pray for the purchase of land and the construction  of the new Rehema House. Alliance Women has set a goal to raise $36,500 to support this project. For more information on how you can give to this project, please visit www.alliancewomen.org/give.

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Rehema House: Building a Home

MERCY NEEDED

Rehema is an Arabic word that means mercy.

Most of our girls were removed from their homes or surrendered  to the government at young ages, spending their formative years at a government-run institution. It is well known that after aging out of the government system at age 18, a girl without a family safety net to fall back on is left without many options. Traffickers have been known to wait outside of government child- protection centers, ready to provide false hope to these young, vulnerable women.

Because of our God’s great mercy, we have been granted the gift of helping to prevent these girls from being trafficked, sparing them further pain and abuse.

We at Rehema House believe that when vulnerabilities are removed and the gospel is introduced, most girls can thrive, find dignifying work, and have hopeful futures. We believe in wholistic support—this includes safe housing and meals, proper hygiene, life-management lessons, educational opportunities,  and healthy community. But the most important gift that we give these young women is the knowledge of their immense value in the eyes of their Creator—the One who loves them and sacrificed Himself to have relationship with them.

IN TRANSITION

In November 2017, we established our home in a large, rented house with several apartments; we began housing young women in January 2018. Since then, we’ve been able to provide safe shelter and basic necessities for about 20 girls, who pursue high-school  diplomas, vocational training—even university degrees.

Currently, our home houses seven young women and two live-in house moms. It is nearing maximum capacity. We have also received news that the owner of this property is trying to sell it.

As we have looked around the city, we have decided that our best option is to build a house ourselves that is large enough to expand our capacity and meet the unique needs of the girls we house.

We desire to find and buy a piece of land zoned for residential use. After the land is purchased, we will build a two-story house that can house up to 20 residents. When this project is complete, we hope to have enough room to house a minimum of 16 girls and 4 live-in house moms.

OUR RESPONSE

Please pray for God’s mercy to uphold these vulnerable young women. Pray for the purchase of land and the construction  of the new Rehema House. Alliance Women has set a goal to raise $36,500 to support this project. For more information on how you can give to this project, please visit www.alliancewomen.org/give.

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