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Tessa was abandoned multiple times by her mother and largely ignored by her alcoholic father. The most attention she received was in times of abuse. Her earliest memories those of regular beatings. Tessa was forced to help her father harvest drugs. If she refused, the violence escalated. One day Tessa was lying on the ground attempting to recover from a severe beating when her father hit her head with a machete. The scar will be with her forever.
Tessa was sent to live with her grandparents, a new village and a change of scenery. But the violence and abuse didn’t change. Her grandmother would get drunk on a regular basis and beat her. There was little food and no money for Tessa to attend school.
Tessa began to harvest grass in the bush, making brooms and carrying them to town to sell for food. She met other young street children. They would play in the dirt and forage for food together. One day a group of unknown adults approached Tessa and she went with them to their home. Fortunately for Tessa, these people were Hope Foundation social workers. Tessa’s rescue highlights how easily vulnerable child can be taken in by traffickers.