Sabine was the only member of her family to survive the Rwandan genocide. Alone in a broken country, she accepted a job as a domestic worker with a wealthy American family. Not long after her arrival in the States, Sabine found that all was not as she had been told. She was imprisoned and forced to work almost non-stop. When she wasn’t working, she was allowed to sleep on the floor. Finally, she was allowed to begin attending church for one hour each week. At church, a fellow Rwandan learned of her situation and helped her escape.

Sabine was referred to Polaris Project, which provided her with transitional housing, job training, English lessons and counseling. Sabine became an enthusiastic student, overcoming her crippling fears and gaining independence.

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