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The POWER of One Person to Effect Change

Just ONE person carries so much potential power to bring change to another.

Can just one person effect change in another human being?

Does one person have the potential to carry that much power?

Let's talk about the negative side first.

Adverse childhood experiences.

These are the things that happen in life that are more than just the normal childhood difficulties. These are the things associated with lifelong physical and mental health problems that emerge in adolescence and persist into adulthood:

  • childhood emotional, physical, or sexual abuse

  • household dysfunction during childhood

  • verbal, physical, sexual abuse

  • a battered mother

  • household substance abuse

  • household mental illness

  • incarcerated household members

  • parental separation or divorce

Below is a true story of a past resident from Homes of Hope which highlights the negative effect of adverse childhood experiences:

Seventeen year old Mere is a sex worker. After her mother passed away when Mere was two, she was brought up by her grandmother in a squatter settlement. Her life was miserable as her grandmother’s only source of income was fishing. She accompanied her grandmother to the mangrove swamps to catch prawns, crabs and fish.

Mere dropped out of school in Class 5 because life was hard and no one was supporting her. She moved to her auntie’s place but still life got more and more difficult.

Mere ran away from her auntie’s home and met with friends who were sex workers. She soon got into sex work and works 3 days a week, earning $80 -$100 per night. With the money she earned she bought food, clothing and paid her rent.

(name changed to protect identity)


...that is not the end of Mere's story. Mere went on to find belonging and hope through relationships at Homes of Hope, then later with job and church connections.

The power of one person to effect change is underestimated.

If each of us would reach out and connect with another, we could make a tremendous impact on the battle and subsequent effects of adverse childhood experiences.

We challenge you to be the one who, just through caring, you bring life back to another human being.

If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one. Mother Theresa

If you can't play a role in a hundred people's lives, then play a significant, caring role in one. Homes of Hope

Join with us to care for the one.

Please visit our website, Homes of Hope Fiji, to join our team through prayer, giving, educating others, visiting, or volunteering.


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