My name is Franklin and I was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. I'm 8 1/2 years old. My mom had to leave Honduras when I was only 2 years old and my grandmother raised me. I didn't remember my mom when I was growing up back home. It has been 7 years since I saw her. Gang members were always hanging out on my street, so I could only play with my friends inside our home.  I was afraid they'd beat me up. They said really bad things to my sisters.  That's why I had to come to the USA.

Now that I am here, things are very different.  I am so happy with my mom. There are no gangs in the streets here. I can even play on the neighborhood playground. Today, I am finally free to grow and play with my family.

When you help with the Shepherd Project you are helping kids like me to stay with their families and be happy and safe. Without CIR's Shepherd Project, I would have to go back to Honduras, far from my mom and freedom.

We are Katherine and Angie, two sisters from Honduras. Our dad abandoned us early on and our mom had to leave us because she was threatened by gangs.. Recently, gang members threatened to take us and force us to be their "girlfriends." We were scared and constantly had to hide out at home everyday since then. But even in our home we were not safe since bullets often fly into our home. A girl friend from school was kidnapped, abused and all her hair was cut off. The police couldn't do anything about it. 

Now that we're in the US, I feel that I can go outside without being attacked by a man. It's been 7 years since we have lived with our mom, and we are very happy.

When you contribute to CIR's Shepherd Project you are really helping teens like us to live without fear.

My name is Katherine. I'm 13 years old and from Honduras. There, I grew up with my sister and brother in our grandmother's home. My mom came to the US because the MS 13 gang threatened to kill her and eventually threatened me, too. My mom sent us her pictures and we had a whole drawer full of them, so I knew what she looked like. A few weeks before we came to the US, they took my cousin and he was never seen again.
I hadn't seen my mom since I was 6. Because I had been separated from my mom for so long, it has been confusing to have a family again, but being with my mom now makes me so happy.  

You can help families like ours be together when you contribute to CIR's Shepherd Project.

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