Karla was brought to Loma de Luz by missionaries working out of the nearby city of La Ceiba in April 2009. Karla was a victim of a society that offers little to no protection to mothers and their children when families break down. Like many mothers in such circumstances they roll into another relationship with a man so they can secure a place to live and food for the family. In many cases, new men want a new wife but often don’t want the children that come with the wife. This was the situation with Karla, the new man just refused to share their food with the daughter of another man. They were just going to let her die; in fact we believe they had dug a grave for Karla in the waste ground behind their house.
When the missionaries found her and brought her to us, Karla was 8 years old and only weighed 27 pounds. She was so dehydrated we couldn’t even find a vein to get an IV. For 2 days Karla was fed teaspoons of sugared water every 5 minutes. Slowly we were able to build her up with IV fluids, a feeding tube, light high protein diet, onto regular eating. After 3 months Karla reached the very bottom of the scale of height/weight/age ratios. We successfully applied for custody of Karla so she didn’t have to return to that situation again.
Karla has continued to grow into a beautiful young girl who is very smart, regularly scoring above 90% in all her classes.
Karla is just one example of how our great God rescues, restores and renews His children through the work of Sanctuary House Children’s Center and Loma de Luz.