A New Start in Coastal Maine
Organized by: Jennifer Spencer
Mahn was born into extreme poverty in Burma in 1980. At four years old, she became a young victim of human trafficking and came to live with a family in Thailand. She was forced to learn a new language and a new way of life. She was not formally educated. By the time Mahn was eleven years old, she had also experienced the hardships of living in a refugee camp and immigrating to the United States. She would be formally educated for the first time in yet another language. The same family through which she had been illegally purchased had brought her to America. Now in her thirties, Mahn longs to have access to opportunities to complete an education and to have a place to call her home. She has not completed the process of becoming a United States citizen. She struggles with communication and lacks family support.to navigate coparenting and shared custody of her sons as well. Having recently left an unhealthy relationship, Mahn is struggling to furnish a fresh start for herself and her sons in coastal Maine and cover costs such as vehicle maintenance and those associated with accessing resources in a rural setting. Contributions to Mahn's fund will go directly to her living expenses and to help with attaining her goals of meeting her educational needs and becoming a full United States Citizen empowered to support her own family.