Danisha, an example of how to overcome adversity

This student from the Las Claras program in Panama has been able to rebuild her life

This student from the Las Claras program in Panama has been able to rebuild her life This student from the Las Claras program in Panama has been able to rebuild her life

Children and adolescents living in poverty and marginalization are more vulnerable to violence and abuse. Often out of fear and sometimes out of dependence on others, their families are unable to react and leave their children completely unprotected.

In Danisha's case, like in many other similar cases, her abuser was someone within the family circle. Unable to count on her mother or her sibling's support, her only way of escaping the situation was to leave home. After a failed relationship, she found herself pregnant and alone at 15 years old.

Luckily, life sometimes offers unexpected opportunities. Danisha was signed up to the Voces Vitales Las Claras Program where she was given psychological treatment to help her deal with her emotional situation. The organization also helped her family by providing them with social support.

From that moment, and not without considerable hard work, Danisha's life completely changed. She graduated from the Las Claras program in 2018 with a high school diploma in Business with a focus on Accounting, as well as having carried out a Technical Administrative Assistant course and a 300-hour English course. Today, Danisha is working in a major Panamanian handmade chocolate company, where she has held several different positions.

Danisha is very proud of everything she has achieved. She lives with her partner, is independent and can even help out her family. She wants to go to University to study Banking and Finance. However, her main life plan is to take care of and educate her child in order to offer them a future full of opportunities.