CHENNY: My Story of Hope

My older sister was already working in a brothel, by time I started working in one as well. However, after I arrived, my sister quickly realized that I would not survive in the environment. My sister contacted Starfish Project and asked them to come help me, and I have been working at Starfish Project ever since! I work on the production team, and really enjoy making different necklaces.

Since coming to Starfish Project, I have had many significant moments. What stands out to me the most is how much I have changed. I think I had a bad temper before coming to Starfish Project. Now I have a milder temperament, and a much calmer attitude. I do not get angry as easily as I used to, and I am kinder, better, and more patient friend.

I am also a fairly quiet person. Public speaking is very difficult for me. However, through practice and a lot of encouragement from my coworkers at Starfish Project, I am much more confident in myself. I even feel more comfortable speaking in front of groups. Having such a strong support group that believes in me and sets expectations not only eases my nerves, but also gives me a sense of purpose and worth.

Because I did not have the opportunity to study much while I was younger, I really appreciate all the opportunities I have now. I am currently taking classes in Microsoft Word and math. I hope to become certified in Microsoft someday.

Check out Chenny’s favorite jewelry that she helped create!