In Bolivia, 1 in 3 girls will be in the victim of sexual violence prior to the age of 18. In Santa Cruz, this equates to 100,000 girls.
Only 2 of these girls will receive psychological counseling.
Besides the issue of sexual abuse, there is a high percentage of verbal and physical abuse which also occurs in the home. Abandonment by father’s is also a common occurrence. Girls coming to our home have more than likely experienced all these traumas.
While we believe and know that Jesus is their ultimate healer, we know that it is God’s desire for them to overcome their problems and become emotionally healthy individuals. Most of them have never learned proper coping skills or mechanisms for solving problems or addressing pain or past trauma in their lives. By using biblical and psychological concepts we can offer advice, encouragement and wisdom to assist them in becoming the child, teenager and eventually woman that God is creating them to be.