That’s a phrase I heard from a friend and a big supporter of the Torre Fuerte home. The idea is that the problems that plague the families of the girls here tend to be generational. That is, behaviors and habits are repeated from one generation to the next, in spite of their destructive nature.
A rocket requires tons of force to reach the velocity required to escape the earth’s gravitational pull and blast into orbit. In the same way, it takes determination, drive, ambition, a little assistance, and God’s grace, to break free from the “gravity” of generations of abuse, poverty, and similar issues.
Here are the stories of a few of our older girls who are on their way to leaving the struggles of their birth families behind them:
Karen Cinthy is well on her way. She is studying medicine at the university in order to achieve her goal of becoming a lab technician. She is an extremely bright young lady, and very diligent in her studies.
Karen is old enough that she no longer lives at Torre Fuerte, but we are all very excited to see her achieving her dreams of becoming a professional woman.
Carmen Rosa is attending a beauty school in Arequipa, where she is learning hair styling, cosmetics, and manicuring. Along with that focus, she is continuing with her academic studies, in the hope that she will one day be able to run her own business.
All of this is made more complicated and difficult, of course, by the fact that Carmen is already a mom.
Rosa Janet is also studying cosmetology, but she has already finished her academic studies. She had already made her move out of Torre Fuerte and on her own, but the major setback of a burglary of her apartment forced her back to the safety net of Torre Fuerte.
She hopes, with Leonor, to be able to operate a small business from a TF storefront in order to help her pay for her studies.
In her own words: My name is Consuelo Leonor Flores Paucar and I’m 18 years old. I am from Lima, but live in the Casa Hogar Torre Fuerte in Arequipa, where I feel at home.
I am studying Computer & Information Technology. I enjoy studying that, but my dream is to be able to study Elementary Education so that I can teach children and move ahead so that I can help my family.
Mirella is still working on exactly what it is she wants to do with her life. At the moment, she is following her passion, studying English at an institute here in Arequipa.
She has an amazing capacity to learn, starting two weeks late and yet passing her first quarter with a 95%. She’s a smart girl who could go far, using her language skills in business, tourism, education, or various other careers.
Katherine is still in high school, but one of the best students at Torre Fuerte. Because of her grades, she has the opportunity to attend a pre-university institute while she is still attending high school.
This institute is a preparatory school, helping students prepare for the very difficult entrance exams for the university here. With help, she could start in November.
All of these young ladies are examples of the miracle of God’s transforming grace. If you could see where they have come from, you would be all the more impressed at their accomplishments.
Each of these students has the determination to reach “escape velocity”, and each represents an investment where a little assistance could go a long way. Here is a real and tangible way for you to know that you have helped to change a life. All of these girls could use a helping hand, a sponsor, a scholarship – just a little more fuel to help them break free and find their own personal orbit.
Please, contact us if you would like to help our girls.