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A Big Sister’s Fears

Every day nine-year-old Gabriela and her little brother stayed home alone, terrified that someone would break in while their mother was at work. Could Gabriela ever feel safe? Read Transcript


Reporter: FOR 9-YEAR-OLD

GABRIELLA, THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY

TO COPE WITH HER FEAR.

EACH MORNING AS HER MOTHER

LEAVES FOR WORK, THE LITTLE GIRL

LITERALLY BARRICADES HERSELF

INSIDE HER HOUSE,

LOCKING AND THEN DOUBLE CHECKING

DOORS AND WINDOWS.

WHY IS SHE SO AFRAID?

I THOUGHT SOMEONE MAY

BREAK IN AND ROB US,

KIDNAP US AND HURT

MY BROTHER AND ME.

Reporter: GABRIELLA'S MOM

HAS NO OTHER CHOICE

THAN TO TELL THE CHILDREN

TO LOCK THEMSELVES IN THE HOUSE

AND DON'T ANSWER THE DOOR.

I FELT TERRIBLE AND I WAS

SO AFRAID FOR THEM.

I WAS AT WORK, BUT I WAS THINKING,

WHO WILL GUARD THEM AND

WILL EVERYTHING BE OKAY?

Reporter: AND EACH MORNING

BEFORE LEAVING, SHE ASKS GOD

TO PROTECT THEM.

BUT I KNEW THAT IF I DIDN'T

GO TO WORK, THEY WOULDN'T EAT.

I HAD TO LEAVE THEM ALONE.

Reporter: ONCE GABRIELLA'S

MOM LEAVES, THE LITTLE GIRL

CARES FOR HER BROTHER

UNTIL IT'S TIME TO EAT.

SOME DAYS, THERE ISN'T

ANY FOOD LEFT.

WATCHING HER BROTHER CRY

IS THE HARDEST THING FOR THIS

TENDER-HEARTED BIG SISTER.

I WOULD TRY TO TELL HIM,

ADRIEN, THERE IS NO FOOD,

AND SOMETIMES I START CRYING

WITH HIM TOO. MANY TIMES,

I'VE ASKED GOD TO HELP US.

Reporter: ONE SUNDAY

AFTER CHURCH, THE PASTOR

STOPPED GABRIELLA'S MOM

AND TOLD HER SOME GOOD NEWS.

CBN'S ORPHANS PROMISE

WOULD NOW BE GIVING HELP

TO SINGLE MOMS WITH CHILDREN

RIGHT IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

THE PROGRAM PROVIDES

A SAFE PLACE FOR CHILDREN

TO GO DURING THE DAY

WHILE THEIR MOMS WORK.

WE ALSO GIVE THE KIDS

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH,

BUT THE OLDER CHILDREN

LIKE GABRIELLA, A CHANCE

TO GO TO SCHOOL.

AS FOR GABRIELLA'S

LITTLE BROTHER, THERE IS

FREE CHILDCARE AND A CHANCE

FOR HIM TO PLAY WITH

OTHER KIDS HIS AGE.

NOW, FROM MONDAY

THROUGH FRIDAY, MY CHILDREN

ARE IN THE HOMES SO I CAN WORK.

MY KIDS CAN GO TO SCHOOL

AND AFTER SCHOOL,

THEY CAN COME HOME TO BE WITH ME.

THANKS ORPHAN'S PROMISE,

I AM NO LONGER SAD AND AFRAID

FOR MY LITTLE BROTHER.

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