Heartbreak to Hope: A mother’s story…
On May 14, across the nation, we’ll celebrate all that is wonderful about mums.
We’ll celebrate the sacrifices they make and the unconditional love they give. We’ll say thanks – for the advice, the sleepless nights and the warm meals.
Some mums are particularly inspiring and bear burdens that no one should endure.
Mums like Fantana in Afghanistan.
Fantana was engaged at the age of 12 and married shortly after to a violent man who was a decade older than her. Instead of going to school, she laboured for long hours in the fields, then cooked and cleaned for her husband and his family of 20.
When Fantana’s first two babies were girls, her husband was furious.
“He beat me, shouting “why have you given me a daughter!” After that I bore two more daughters and faced more violence.”
When Fantana eventually gave birth to a son, her husband was happy for some days – but it didn’t last.
“Once my husband had money, he took a second wife. He brought her to my house and loved her as he had never loved me.”
At the request of the new wife, Fantana and her six hildren were thrown out of their home.
“My children and I cried in the street because there was no one to support us”
But because of generous Hagar supporters like you – there WAS somewhere safe for Fantana to go.
At Hagar, Fantana and her children received trauma counselling and began their journey to healing. Fantana learned new skills and her children attended school.
Today, Fantana’s family live in their own small home. She has two jobs to support her kids and Hagar continues to provide practical, financial and emotional support too.
“Today we are safe. Today we are full. The day I brought home my first pay-check, I felt so proud.”
This Mother’s Day, will you give a little to help a mum like Fantana?
Sadly, there are so many more women like Fantana who need Hagar’s help to find hope for a new future.
We need your help to urgently turn this around.
Your donation will provide women and children in crisis with:
- a safe place to live
- medical care and legal support
- specialist trauma counselling
- the opportunity to catch up on school
- the chance to go to university or gain vocational skills, and
- placement in a decent job.