Sep 17, 2020

SHINE

In the middle of its first year of operating, Grace House and its residents are taking new steps. The last three months have brought a new school year and its first formal school relationships for its first and future residents. For one girl who transferred from Sarah’s house to Grace House in February, she has taken a huge step and rejoined the formal classroom setting at a nearby school. She is engaging with new peers and making new friends. Though most classes are currently held online due to COVID-19 precautions, she has been able to attend meet-ups outside with small study groups, learning together and making life-giving connections, a huge step as she begins to look forward to future reintegration back to stronger new life and community.

Also, this coming weekend Grace House residents will have a ceremony that celebrates the completion of a 10-week curriculum together that teaches and inspires these truths: that each girl has incredible worth, that they possess great strength, and that they have a real purpose. As survivors learn and engage these foundational values, it births new hope and new vision as they continue to heal, rebuild, and to see new possibilities for their future.

We are so grateful and humbled by your partnership with Compassion First. It makes new things possible for every girl of Grace House and it is a huge joy for us to walk with them in their journey! Thank you!

Jun 22, 2020

Celebration During a Difficult Season

Girls at Sarah's House
Girls at Sarah's House

The last few months of navigating daily life amidst COVID-19 have revealed the resilience of the survivors we serve, the faithfulness and dedication of the staff who provide daily care, and the generosity of donors during a financially scary time in our world. The entire CF team is humbled by and grateful for the continued support that we have received through this season, and our field knows that they are deeply loved. 

Sarah’s House has adopted very strict measures on transit from city to city requiring employees coming into town for work to carry letters of permission in order to travel. We continue with partially quarantined operations in our aftercare shelters with limited in and out activity. All staff who can do their work from a distance are doing so, while others have signed up for multi-day shifts to limit the number of entrances and exits per week. As you can imagine, everyone, girls and staff alike, would like things to get back to normal as soon as possible. However, we are gearing up for the long-term as the COVID-19 crisis is predicted to have a broad and devastating impact in Indonesia. 

Even in the midst of so much uncertainty and change because of COVID-19, there have been many reasons to celebrate. Three residents of Sarah's House are graduated from high school in May. With the support of shelter staff, each girl has plotted her own path toward the future of her choosing. Vanessa is preparing for a medical school entrance exam, pursuing her long time dream of becoming a doctor. Kristal is deciding between pharmacy and nursing school. Brigit plans to study theology and become a missionary one day.

Police are rescuing more children from North Sulawesi than Sarah’s House can physically hold. We’ve been at capacity for several months now. It is often the case for a girl at Sarah’s House not to have a safe family environment to return to after her residential program is complete, which sometimes extends her stay. We are grateful and excited to let you know that we just opened the doors to our first Transition Home in North Sulawesi last month. Graduates and girls in advanced phases of care will now have a next step available to them in moving toward the future of their choosing. This also opens more beds at Sarah’s House for girls just beginning their healing journey.

Would you join us in sending some cheer to the CF staff and girls while they are in quarantine waiting out COVID-19 in Indonesia? I've included the link below where you can leave an encouraging message of support. 

Thank you for your generosity and investment in our work that allows us to provide resume and daily care for survivors -- pandemic or not. 

Gratefully,

Residents in the new Transition Home
Residents in the new Transition Home
The Transition Home is Open!
The Transition Home is Open!

Links:

May 21, 2020

Caregivers Shining Amidst COVID-19

Our staff has shown to be heroes through this pandemic time and time again. Daily life is looking different at Grace House, our home for child survivors in East Java, Indonesia. We continue with partially quarantined operations with limited in and out activity. All staff who can do their work from a distance are doing so, while others have signed up for multi-day shifts to limit the number of entrances and exits per week. As you can imagine, everyone, girls and staff alike, would like things to get back to normal as soon as possible. However, we are gearing up for the long-term as the COVID-19 crisis is predicted to have a broad and devastating impact in Indonesia. 

Recently, one of the young survivors in our care had a medical emergency and needed to spend a few days in the hospital (not COVID-19 related). She was accompanied by her house mom who was a source of comfort and support during a scary situation. This house mom knew the risks and stayed in the hospital amidst a global pandemic because of love.

The girls and staff have also made adjustments academically, ensuring that education remains a priority. The girls now have access to virtual classes and have been able to maintain continuity. It is important that each of them continue catching up in their academic levels as well as not falling further behind. The staff have also worked very hard to ensure that the girls stay productive and have access to program activities and projects to keep them engaged and excited. Quarantine has allowed for an opportune time to learn new skills both in the kitchen and technologically. There is no doubt that relational bonds will be strengthened through this chaotic time, and we are grateful to have such a dedicated team to keep the shelter safe and thriving amidst a pandemic.    

 
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