Riva remembers her father always had a gambling problem that made making ends meet impossible. His debt grew until one day, his loan shark offered to clear his debt in exchange for Riva. He accepted the offer, and Riva was sold to one person after another until she ended up a slave in a rock quarry.
For 4 long years, Riva was beaten, abused, starved, and forced to work every day. Without a miracle, Riva knew she would never escape. She didn’t know God but desperately prayed for help.
When a group of pastors rescued Riva, she realized that God had heard her cry for help. Now Riva is a joyful teenager who loves school and sewing. She is eagerly awaiting a vocational scholarship so that she can own her future.
*The name used is a pseudonym to protect this child’s identity.