January 2, 2014
Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 7:43 AM EDT
Williamsville, N.Y. (WKBW) - Take a look at the faces of these young girls.
“These girls have been plucked from unspeakable abuse and abandonment,” Fitness Instructor Mary Anne Cappellino said.
They were taken into an all girls home called Our Little Roses.
“Inside the home they are schooled, taken care of and taught English,” Cappellino said.
For the past five years, Cappellino has been traveling to this girls’ home with her daughter Mya and a small group of people from Western New York. They teach the girls fitness, donate food and clothes. Mary Anne even sponsors two young girls.
“Our role when we go there is to build relationships and give the girls hopes. We want the girls to graduate and become productive members of society and not go back to the previous situations they were in,” Cappellino said.
Her daughter Mya Cappellino, 16, was adopted 13 years ago. Before the adoption, Mya lived in unspeakable conditions similar to the girls at the home.
“I talk to them a lot. I get to know them and become a friend to them. They get to experience what my life is like and I get to experience theirs,” Mya Cappellino said.
At the home, the girls also learn how to carve wood, sew and other skills that can get them jobs in town. After graduation, many want to go onto college.
Currently, there is even a documentary film being made about the home called “Our Little Roses Film”. In the YouTube video of the trailer, the film gives insight into what goes on at the home and stories about the girls. It also sheds light on poor conditions in a small town in the area.
“The home is in San Pedro Sula which is the murder capital of the world. They have very little in this area,” Cappellino said.
Our Little Roses home and people like the Cappillinos are giving the girls hope for a bright future and a new life they deserve.