Marcela was born in a poor family within a small village on South of Moldova. When she was 4 years old and her little brother was only 9 months, their mother left them and disappeared. For few years their father was doing his best to take care of them. But at one moment, he broke down and turned into a heavy drinker, ceased taking care of children.
Social assistance needed to take the children away from him. After going from one foster family to another, they ended up in a boarding school. There, Marcela managed to finish her 9th grade of school, with possibility to continue studies in a vocational school. But shortly after she turned 14 she met a young man and they began relationship. When the father found out about that, he became very violent and repeatedly raped her. At that time Marcela was frightened to tell anyone about her nightmare, so she kept everything in secret.
When she turned 16 her father died and she decided to enroll in a vocational school in order to continue studies. But because she was an orphan, the school provided her with increased scholarship. Thus, for over 4 months everything seemed to go very well, as she finally was away from home where only violence and poverty were.
Unfortunately, after first semester her mother suddenly came to look for her and to claim back her parental rights. Because of that, the school took Marcela’s scholarship away and, as if that was not enough, they made her pay back the extra money she received all that time for being an orphan. Marcela had no money to return, so she had to leave the school and the dorm where she was hosted in. But unfortunately, shortly after leaving the school, Marcela’s mother left her again.
Few months later Marcela met another young man and they moved to live together. After a while she found out that she is pregnant, and when she told her boyfriend the news he forced her to do abort. Marcela refused to kill her baby so he banished her out on the street.
For a period of time she was hosted by different friends she had, but shortly before giving birth to her baby Marcela met a Christian family from the nearby town Dubosari and they gave her temporary housing. After birth Marcela received from an relative the offer of working abroad, along with other girlfriends she had. But shortly before leaving the country for work Marcela found out from trusted sources that she and all her girlfriends were heading outside the country for prostitution. Immediately they called the authorities and they opened a criminal case for that person.
That family, knowing Beginning of Life organization addressed for help. So in a week Marcela was admitted to House of Change rehabilitation program. Now, within the program of rehabilitation, Marcela learns to overcome her traumas and cultivate a purposeful life free from vulnerability, poverty and pain.