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RECIPIENT:  Alethea Karbine – Age 23


Alethea had gotten pregnant when she was in the 10th grade. Knowing that her mom would kick her out of the one room (literally, One room) that she shared with her mom, she decided to keep it a secret for as long as she could. But as we all know, pregnancy can not be kept a secret forever. Eventually her mother found out. Feeling very disappointed and angry with her daughter, she kicked Alethea out when she was about 7 months pregnant. According to Alethea, she and her infant son have been living from one kind friend to another. Recently, they had moved in with a friend in my neighborhood when she had heard about Girl Power. She came to see if we could help she and her son. She told me (with her head bend down) that she and her son are trying to get on their feet. “It’s not easy oh, Old Ma, but we are trying small, small”. I told her “My daughter, a lady never bends her head, (except if you are praying of course). You look up straight and stand up tall, work hard and you will be OK.” She looked at me with a little smile and said ” OK Old Ma.” Alethea dreams of completing her high school education some day. But for now, she’s not even sure where the next meal will come from. These are photos of Alethea receiving her new supply of selling goods to now be able to successfully start her very own business.