Shelly

I live with my mom. My father abandoned us. We live in a single-room rented house in town but the landlord will often lock us out because we get behind on the rent. We all sleep on the floor because we cannot afford to buy a bed or mattress. My mom does not have a steady job and works temporary jobs. Last year she was involved in a
defilement case on her way home from work. My baby sister was born in December. I often get sick with pneumonia because of the living conditions. I am thankful to be safe and cared for at the Children’s Home with my other sister, Shane. I am in 5th grade.

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