Sharma Kani is from a small village in Tamil Nadu called Sambavarvadakarai, and she lives in one of the facilities run by our partner organization, Believers Active Mission. Currently studying in the 9th standard (9th grade), she has a loving and supportive home and is encouraged in her studies. Unfortunately, Sharma’s story has not always been one of love and care.
Sharma Kani’s mother is a prostitute and her family lives in poverty: her parents did not send her to school, she had very little to eat, and she lacked a proper set of clothes. Her grandfather was an abusive man who would touch Sharma Kani inappropriately throughout the night in her house. It would be so bad, that there were nights she was unable to sleep at all. When her mother found out she brought Sharma Kani to our partner’s facility, where she found love, rest, and comfort.
As Sharma Kani was sharing her story, she told us that after she was brought to the facility, “I was sent to school, and now I have friends, food and clothes. I am happy here. Now I can sleep safely.” Now, her dream is to become a teacher, so she will be able to help girls like herself by providing them with education and proper care. Out of brokenness and darkness, she is now working towards bringing light and life to others like her. Lighthouse is thankful to be a part of her story. **
Hi my name is Riya,
Red is my Favorite color, it was what I always wore when I was young. My mom used to say it suits me, showed how beautiful I am. I used to live in a village with my family, uncle and aunts and my friends. But the life I was enjoying was taken. Everything changed once I was taken by my dads friends into the city.
I been in the brothel Budhwar for the last 16 years. Im 24 years old now. For the last couple months i been in Lighthouse Voyage rehab centre. I was rescued. For the first time in my life I saw that someone valued me, and bought me to save me. I have only seen people buy me to use me, hurt me, break me. So Thank you so much!
Thank you for saving my life and supporting this organization. Thank you for believing in me, seeing I'm worth it. Everyone here is finally smiling, laughing, for the first time in a long time. I haven't laughed this much in my life.
I now wear the color red once again. Wearing it in confidence, helping me see what I lost I can still have it again, this time it will be better and different.
Thank you for believing in me, and in Lighthouse Voyage.
This is one of the stories of the woman's we been able to rescue. She wanted to say thank you for believing in her, and that she is still precious and beautiful.
We can't show her face due to her Safety at this time.