Making His Mom Happy

I never understood heartache until an 11-year-old boy told me he loved NISAA, a nongovernmental organization that serves victims of domestic violence, because it “made his mom happy.” This boy is the child of an abused woman. His mom has been at the NISAA shelter for three days. He kept glancing at her, as if to check that she was okay. Several women and their children who are staying at the shelter have been abused or sexually assaulted. All of the women came to NISAA in search of a better life for themselves and their children. In talking with the women, we learned how painful their existence has been. One woman lost her baby when a man pushed her through a window and she miscarried. Another woman was thrown off a porch when her daughter wouldn’t stop crying. The women said they are grateful that NISAA has provided shelter for them. They said NISAA is the only reason they stay strong.
–Nicole Eldred