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AIDS Orphan Dreams of Being a Doctor

Imagine a child, seven years old, living in a garbage dump and watching both her mother and father die slowly of AIDS-related illnesses.

This was reality for Erminia before she joined Forward Edge’s program for at-risk girls in Nicaragua called Village of Hope.

If Erminia had continued to grow up living in the dump, she likely would have had a teenage pregnancy (one in four girls do in Nicaragua). That could have happened through rape, a drug-induced mistake, or even forced prostitution—all things not uncommon among girls living in the dump.

One thing is almost certain: if Erminia had stayed in the dump, she would have dropped out of school, married a much older man to relieve the economic burden for her parents, and borne her first child before the age of 15. Depressed, uneducated, and undervalued, she would have been another link in the endless chain of heartbreaking poverty.

But praise God, Erminia did not stay in the dump!

She came to under the care of our Nicaragua Directors at the Village of Hope, Wilbert Alvarado and Gloria Sequeira. One of the first things Wilbert and Gloria did was tend to Erminia’s medical needs and test her blood to see if she had contracted HIV from either of her parents; thank God she hadn’t.

Erminia’s new life at the Village of Hope came with regular nutritious meals, safe drinking water, clean clothes,  professional counseling, and the chance to go to a first-rate Christian school.

Today, nine years later, Erminia’s life is completely transformed. She is physically and emotionally healthy; flourishing in her school work; and growing in her relationship with Christ. She now dreams of being a doctor someday so she can, in her words, “help others with more problems than mine.”

There is a specific moment in Erminia’s story that profoundly illustrates why we do what we do together through Forward Edge. It was when Erminia went to the hospital to visit her mother for the last time.

As Erminia held her mother’s hand and said goodbye, her mother told her in a weak, defeated voice, “You’re going to be an orphan now.”

“No I’m not,” Erminia replied. “I have Papa Wilbert and Mama Gloria.”

The amount of suffering among children in this world is great—sometimes overwhelming to think about—but as Mother Teresa once said, “If you can’t feed 100 people, then feed just one.” For that one, our help means the world.

Even if we could only help one Erminia at a time, it would still be worth it. But because of partners like you, Forward Edge is able to impact thousands of children every year.

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Bonjou (hello), my name is Herlanda

  • location

    Haiti

  • 15 yrs. old

    11-04-2008

Entered the program: January 2017

Herlanda lives with her mother and her grandmother in a two-room unfinished concrete block home with a sheet metal roof. The home has no electricity or water and the kitchen and latrine are outdoors. Herlanda’s father abandoned the family many years ago and her mother tries to provide for them by selling foodstuffs on the street.

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