Our three Day-Care angels
One recent afternoon I sat along with many parents and watched as three of our children walked up on stage to accept awards for their accomplishments in Day-Care class. As their teacher announced their names, I was proud to see how confident they were as they went along the long line of hands to shake, looking so beautiful in their best outfits. The vice-mayor, barangay chairman, and other important people patted their shoulder saying, “Well done girl.”
Yes sir, they have done well, and yes, they all gained an award. But ….
What you do not know sir, is that the young girl in front of you was left abandoned in a church doorway at the age of two, with no-one knowing her name, date of birth or anything about her family. This frightened and confused girl needed a lot of loving care to bring back her confidence and trust. She has blossomed into a happy, loving and caring girl who enjoys life.
And what you do not know, is that the next beautiful girl that stands before you suffered terrible mental and physical abuse from her own parents before being rescued by Angel House. It has taken a long time for her to work through her anger, confusion and pain; there are still times when she can’t handle her emotions and she will hide and make herself as small as possible. But she is bright and really responds to praise and positive remarks that improve her self confidence.
And what you do not know sir, is that the other cute angel before you witnessed her father beating her mother and abusing an older sister. Her mother can no longer provide a home for her and her father is in jail. She was confused and frightened when she arrived at the gates of Angel House, spending many hours looking to see if her mother was coming to take her home. Now she is settled and beginning to become more responsible and caring towards others.
And what you also do not know is that despite all odds, despite abuse and abandonment, they stand proud and confident, eager to learn and show everyone that they can achieve anything. As we travelled back to Angel House after the ceremony, the three girls were excited to show their awards to the other children and tell everyone about their achievements.
There is no doubt that a guardian angel was watching over these three children, bringing them to the gates of Angel House to receive love, care and protection. How they have fought their inner demons and grown into beautiful, strong individuals is a miracle. They now have hopes and dreams of a brighter future with a family that will give them all the love they truly deserve. These are the girls that will make this world a better place.
And that sir, you should know.