Siblings, Drucilla, 7, Simon, 2, and Nancy, 9, (pictured above) spent most of their young lives dirty, bruised and hungry begging on the street for money from strangers. But instead of filling the children’s painfully empty bellies with food, their mother chose to feed her drug and alcohol habit.
Abused and neglected by their parents, these siblings were rescued by authorities and brought to an Angels Of Hope children’s home in Guyana. When they arrived, they were severely traumatized, whip marks clearly visible on their bodies. Little Simon was infested with tiny mites called scabies.
The children who arrive at Angels Of Hope homes are often troubled. But with time and love they start to settle in and begin healing from their tragic ordeals. For Nancy and Drucilla, adjusting to their new life has not been easy.
It’s been almost a year since they came to the Angels Of Hope children’s home and the trauma they suffered is still too raw for them to talk about. But here, they are shown God’s mercy and His love for them. Here, they are made to feel wanted by a caring staff in a loving atmosphere. Here, they can begin to heal.
Little Simon has adapted very nicely to his new life. According to the staff, he has a healthy appetite and likes playing at the home with the other children. But most of all, he loves to be loved. One staff member noted he’s a cuddler. He loves his sisters and looks for them at the end of the school day.
Nancy is healing, but still feels she needs to beg for spare change at school. The staff says she is doing much better and is begging less frequently. She now enjoys school, especially writing. She looks forward to snack time after school, spending time with her new friends and dancing. She even giggles now when she quietly reveals her simple, guilty pleasure – chocolate.
Drucilla continues to improve physically. But this quiet little girl remains shy and tentative, looking at the floor as she talks in a whisper. She, too, likes going to school and playing ball with her friends. And, like her sister, she loves to write.
It may be a while before the girls heal completely from the tragedy of their abuse, but thanks to the love and care they receive at their Angels Of Hope home, Nancy, Drucilla and Simon now have a chance at a brighter future.