The eldest of her nine siblings, she was responsible for supporting the family. “I never got enough sleep. I would go fishing with my father early in the morning and I would always get to sleep late. We lived day by day.”
Recently Leakena first opened the doors to her salon and in doing so, she entered into the next chapter of her story. Just two years earlier, Leakena probably wouldn’t have imagined herself to be where she is today.
Destiny Rescue’s vision is to rescue children from sexual exploitation. But it’s not as simple as just removing children from the sex industry. When we free a girl and bring her into Destiny Rescue’s care, our work is just beginning.
I remember when I first saw her; her frightened face pale and strained against the harsh, bright lights of the bar. I remember reaching out to her with a message of hope and rescue, a possibility she had not dared imagine…
Our team in Cambodia were able to intervene when we heard that a village girl called Toun was being pressured to marry her abuser, and was suffering from depression. Read what happened next.
The goal was to provide a home for Chaya, a rescue girl with special needs who had been with us for over seven years. Find out how her reintegration changed not just her life, but the lives of her family and village.
Nataya left our program after completing her education and a hairdressing qualification through Destiny Salon, which she then used to start her own business. Here is Nataya’s final letter to her sponsor.