Last week at Starfish Project’s annual gathering, there were all sorts of stories from women in their shelters. Two women, a mother and daughter, chose to leave a life of exploitation and begin a new life. This year The Starfish Project saw a radical transformation in their lives and everyone in attendance at the gathering was able to hear the story of how their whole family has been changed – remarkably powerful. There was not a dry eye in the place. This is the mother’s story. Your jewelry purchases and donations to Starfish Project enable these women to transform their lives. Thank you.
“In my whole life, I have never attended school. When I was little, my parents forbid me from going to school because they thought it was a waste of time and money for girls to be educated.They only allowed my brothers to go to school. When every semester started, I remember clearly that seeing the other kids go to school would always make me so sad; I could do nothing but hide myself and cry. Whenever I was free,I would stand at the gate of the school trying to listen to what the teacher was saying. I admired those students. I hoped I could learn things like them one day.
Now, I realize that my dreams have come true. I never thought I would have the chance to study, especially for a woman at my age. Ever since I joined Starfish I have been learning how to write and read Chinese characters through the classes Starfish provides. I am even studying English and computers. I am so happy that I can finally be able to learn as a student from my amazing teachers in Starfish.
Before I came to Starfish,I was easily irritated and would start fights. But by attending one-on-one and group counseling courses regularly I have learned how to manage my anger and emotions. I have learned how to deal with conflict and communicate with others in a better way. Now whenever there is conflict, I am able to calm myself first and then go and talk things through, rather than arguing and fighting. It doesn’t really matter who’s right and who’s wrong. What matters the most is improving and maintaining a good relationship.
In the two years I have been at Starfish Project, my whole life has been transformed.”
These are just a few of the jewelry designs you will see at the store.
They are priced perfectly for a casual gift and support such a wonderful cause.
Please inquire next time you pop in to see us!