BIYU: My Story of Hope

My father passed away when I was young and my mother never paid much attention to me because she was working to provide for the family. I found friends online who always had time to chat and made me feel cared for.  

Many of my online friends had dropped out of school and began working in the city. High school pressure became too much and I decided to drop out to earn money too. As I was looking for work, one of my classmates told me about an opportunity. She took me to a massage shop, and told me that I could make lots of money there.

I stayed for 2 days, but I was afraid, so I ran away. I couldn’t find work anywhere else so I returned and did what I had to do to provide for myself. It was at this shop that I met a Starfish Project Outreach team and they offered me a way out.

I joined Starfish Project during my birthday month. The whole team celebrated me and I couldn't stop crying. It was the first time I really felt cared about.

I have learned so much at Starfish Project, like my passion to help others. I am now the Production Manager at the Riverside Branch and I’m working toward a certificate at a community college. I am happily married and have a son and a daughter!

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

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