It’s about a girl named Kayona. When Kayona was teenager, she was invited to a sleepover at a girlfriend’s house. Like most sleepovers she’d been to, she expected to stay up late, paint her friend’s nails and giggle a lot.
But this sleepover went terribly wrong.
In the middle of the night, Kayona woke up to someone on top of her, pushing her face into the pillow and raping her. She didn’t know what to do. So she told no one – not even her mom.
Can you imagine? Kayona was only 12 years old.
A few months later, Kayona’s mom took her to the emergency room because she had terrible stomach pains. After the doctor examined her, he asked Kayona, “Are you going to tell your mother about your pregnancy or am I?”
The months that followed were emotionally traumatic. Kayona shut down, ashamed and fearful to even talk. Kayona’s mother felt tremendous guilt and sadness, and contemplated ending her life.
At about this time, The Children’s Center began to work with Kayona and her mother. Slowly, Kayona began to reclaim her voice, sharing her story with a counselor, and learning to deal with the terrible trauma of what happened.
Now, nearly a year later, Kayona and her baby Kendra are doing well. Kayona continues to receive regular counseling from our center, helping her cope, heal and learn vital parenting skills.
But Kayona and her mom need your support. Families like theirs can’t afford to pay for the therapy they so vitally need to reclaim their lives, their hope.
Won’t you be a part of our pathway to healing – helping us mend the hearts, repair the wounds and sow the seeds of a beautiful future for children like Kayona?
With deepest gratitude,
President & CEO, The Children’s Center
P.S. Kayona is on her way to becoming everything she dreams of being. You can help ensure Kayona gets the therapy she needs to heal and thrive by making your most generous gift.