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Rina

November 09, 2014

“This place gave me stability… it’s a place where you don’t feel threatened. I learned that I am responsible for my own life.” 

Rina

WIZO’s therapeutic day care centers provide the physical, emotional and therapeutic support that each child and their family needs to overcome their challenges.

Thanks to the loving support that Rina and her mother receive at the Multipurpose Day Care Center, Rina is no longer consumed with grief, but is being transformed into a happy loving little girl.

Rina is one of 8 children in an Ethiopian family. She came to the DCC a year ago, after her mother abandoned her family due to being violently abused by Rina’s father who was subsequently incarcerated. The grandparents care for the younger children and the 5 older children have been placed in foster care.

From the first day Rina stood out from the other children. She never smiled or laughed and always looked sad. Rina, who was at the time only 3 years old was diagnosed with severe grief. She began meeting with the psychologist weekly to help her overcome the loss of her mother and deal with the family violence. Slowly, Rina began to improve and participate in activities with the other children. Rina’s mother recently contacted the welfare authorities and requested to see her child. Counseling for both the mother and Rina is provided by the psychologist and social worker and the slow process of rebuilding their relationship and overcoming the violence has begun.