My name is Nina. I’m 15 old. I was born in Ukraine, but soon after I was born our family moved to Moldova, where I lived with my grandmother in a village until this year. Long ago we were a complete and happy family with mother, father and three children. But this idyllic life collapsed in a short time like a house of cards. The first shock was when our father suddenly died, I was only 5 years old. After that my mother started to have problems.
One day she didn’t come home and simply disappeared. Later we got to know that she killed someone and went into hiding from the police. After a while, however, she was arrested and sent into prison for many years. Then I and my older siblings were taken by local social service to an orphanage. That was a difficult period in my life. All these years my grandma was the only person who, like a fine thread, was connecting me with what is called family. She was taking us home on holidays and these were precious and bright moments of my life. Teachers were observing me with contempt after my siblings graduated from the boarding school. I remained there alone. I felt so lonely and started to withdraw and hate everybody around me. Then I wanted to run away from all the distressing physical and psychological pressures. Two years ago I have heard that my mother was released from prison. But she didn’t take me from the orphanage, and even didn’t come to see me there. She simply disappeared and no one knows where she is now. Graduating from the boarding school, I wanted to escape from this vicious circle. But it was so clear to me that, without a miracle, I could never do that by myself in our village. In rural areas it is quite hard to find perspective for the future. People here live in despair. There is a choice to go abroad, for dirty and heavy work, or to live in poverty, degradation and addictions. My older brother by then got married and was busy with his own family and business. My sister and grandma were not able to help me to get a good education or job. So I had no choice… But one day, a local social assistant told me that the Beginning of Life organization wants to provide a place in their prevention center for vulnerable girls called “Dream House”. It was surprising to me, but I was happy.
“I knew Nina before she came to our center and now I see a different person. There is a light of hope in her eyes.” – Irina, social assistant of Dream House.
Now I have a dream to become a fashion dressmaker, that’s why I’m studying at vocational school. After graduation I also have a desire to open my own shop, and to get a higher education. Beside this, I’m dreaming of a happy family where love and respect will reign…