Victoria is a Survival implementor. She, too, is a survivor of the civil war in Sri Lanka, which ended in 2009. According to the United Nations, 40,000 Sri Lankans lost their lives. Thousands more remain missing.
Victoria lost her husband in the war. She knows the challenges of raising a family alone. So she has devoted her life to bringing love to widows and single mothers who are struggling to find hope and purpose in the wake of civil war.
In her work with the Compassion Survival initiative, she regularly visits vulnerable moms, helping them access the physical care they need to give birth and raise healthy babies.
But often the care these moms need goes far deeper than physical support. Following a tip from a friend, Victoria went to Sasiliya’s home to meet with the distraught mom.
“The house was quiet,” says Victoria. “I peeked inside and saw Sasiliya lying on the floor half-conscious. There was so much blood and so many empty bottles of alcohol everywhere.”
When Victoria called out, Sasiliya asked her to leave — she was afraid her husband would awaken. But Victoria did not leave. She took action on behalf of Sasiliya and her unborn baby, ensuring they survived. She then registered them in the Compassion Survival initiative.
Slowly, she gained the young mother’s trust.