Who Are The Girls Who Live in Nanny’s Casa?
(In the following account, real names have not been used to protect the girl’s privacy.)
What you are about to read will shock you. The things that are done to little girls in impoverished countries like Honduras are unmentionable in polite society, yet these appalling stories remind us that in many cultures, women and girls are little more than a possession to be bought and sold.
They are treated as unimportant, like a commodity, to be consumed, and the remains discarded. These are the true stories of 12 precious little girls who now have a future free of abuse and degradation. They live in a family environment where they are loved and cared for, valued as the created, as children of God.
Dana, 14 years old, was found in a warehouse. Her father was in prison for dealing drugs. Her mother was in prison for murder, serving a 30 year sentence. Dana had no home and no family. She had limited education and must be home-schooled. While in prison, her mother gave birth to another girl, (Marta) and chose to keep her in prison with her. We were finally given this little girl when she became 4 and the mother had to give her up. She has adjusted to the home very well and the sisters were reunited.
Within the first few weeks of opening Nanny’s Casa, DINAF (Honduran child protection agency) asked us to take two sisters who were being sexually abused by their father. They stayed at Nanny’s Casa for three months until the mother pled with the court to return the girls, saying the girls lied about the abuse. Because the goal of the government is to keep families together as much as possible, they ordered us to return the girls to their mother’s custody. They cried when they left.
Carla, 15 years old, was found in the dump in Tegucigalpa. She was living in a cardboard box with her grandmother who was offering her to men for sex. Her nickname was “furious girl.” She had a bad temper and suffered recurring nightmares that someone was hurting her. She was between the age of two and five when her father killed her mother; he was subsequently killed by a friend of the mother. Carla’s grandmother took her but did not love her, except for her ability to bring in cash. She had no opportunity to go to school and requires home schooling to bring her up to grade level. Carla has fit into Nanny’s Casa very well. She often experiences extreme sadness and fear for her married sister, who still lives in the dump.
Macey was 14 years old she came to Nanny’s Casa. She grew up in Gualaco with her Grandmother who attends the church there. They lived in a shack the size of a U.S. kitchen with three grown retarded aunts and uncle, and usually about 8-10 younger cousins whose mothers left them. We had watched Macey grow up and when she became a teen, we feared for her safety both in her home and outside. We asked the Grandmother to allow her to live at Nanny’s Casa. Her success includes that she has since graduated high school with honors and a Living Hope donor.
Marvel came to us at ten years old. She and her sister, Dora, eight years old, were given up by their mother who asked DINAF to take the girls; she felt unable to care for them because she was sick and living on the street. The girls had never been to school but are very bright and excel as they approach reaching grade level for their age.
Dicta was ten when she came to the home. She was described as a grown woman in a child’s body. She was very mature and her abuse was evident. Horrifically, she was repeatedly molested by her stepfather. Dicta told her mother who wouldn’t/couldn’t believe her. At age eight, they gave her to an older couple who needed a maid. The woman died and the man began abusing her. After finding safety in Nanny's Casa, our focus is to give her love and protection. She is improving slowly.
Tanya was seven years old when she and her sister, Saven, six, came to us. We have little information about these two girls. We know they were found by neighbors after hearing them screaming for hours each day. They had been tied to their beds by their alcoholic father, who claimed it was "for their safety." When they first arrived, they acted like animals, crawling on the floor and eating with their hands. They adjusted with the example of the other girls and great patience of the house parents. Saven has a slight limp and is developmentally slow. We believe both girls were left alone most of their life. They have had no education but are young enough to be able to begin school.
Ona was five years old when she came. We have no information about her except she was rescued from a very shady bar/brothel where she was exposed to severe abuse. No one knew about her family and she says nothing about any of it. She was not potty trained and still has some problems, but the doctor feels she is all right and time will heal her. She is a sweet and happy child and will attend kindergarten.
Tracy was two when the hospital in Juticalpa called us. She had come to the hospital with pneumonia. The staff discovered many cuts and burns on her body, her face purple from bruises. Police were called and a policewoman came and would not allow her to be released to her mother. She was withdrawn and quiet, obviously distrustful of women. She was obstinate and uncooperative at first, but has grown to be a confident, yet compliant youngster.
Etis came to us at 16. She is somewhat of a mystery. She had been abused by her brother. Since her family would not stop him, she ran away. She was found on the streets. She had little education, but loves learning at our home school.
These are the first 12 girls who live with us, counting Macey who attends the university. This will always be her home. As you have read, we have accepted whoever DINAF requested, regardless of age. Our anticipated ages of 5-12 has become 2-17, as we meet the opportunities God presents.