"Empowering Survivors to Find Their Voice"
Ark of Hope for Children partners with TGIM Digital Publishing to provide a method of assistance in helping survivors of child abuse, human trafficking and bullying to begin to speak out and tell a portion of their story. Giving them back the voice that abusers tried to take away is very empowering and therefore very desired by us here at Ark of Hope for Children. It is possible and hopeful that thye will include their story in one of Ark of Hope for Children's upcoming compilation books authored by survivors.
Ark of Hope's partnership is providing a compilation, and ongoing series, of stories authored by those that were victimized by child abuse and child trafficking. Ark of Hope provides mentoring styled support for many internationally that were traumatized as children by the many forms of child abuse and even by childhood illness or disability. All are welcome to contribute to this inspirational collection Restoring Hope: Removing the Chains of Child Abuse.
This will be a great way we can empower and provide wings to once traumatized survivors, whether still children or now adults, on their survivor-to-thriver journey. Using our collaborative effort entitled the #RestoringHope Project survivors will be able to get all the help they need, or contribute their own work without help. You can share whatever portion of your story you choose in a short story, poetic or artistic format as part of this great effort.
Via their Writing for the Soul Workshop™, TGIM offers youth that have been identified as at-risk, the opportunity to improve their ability to develop a positive attitude towards their future through writing and sharing. Exposure to this program has proven to assist in the healing process, and equip participants with tools and resources that can help them in many different ways. Emotional needs will be met In cooperation with Ark of Hope for Children’s e-mentoring approach and their Removing Chains live chat support site, as well as through caring licensed counselors and facilitators.
Consider Gary, who previously accessed TGIM’s program and wrote about being sexually abused by his father. Listen as he shares how Writing for the Soul Workshop™ changed Gary’s life and then read his submission to the original book series Stories of Hope.
Out of the Ashes by Gary, "Stories of Hope"
I know there are others like me that have been abused or who struggle with severe anger issues. That’s why I decided to share my story.... here it is. From the time of my birth to the age of six, I was abused. I suffered severe child abuse from someone I thought I could trust and love. That person was my father. I should call my father “Dad” but I refused to do so. My father is a monster ...and this is what he did to my life.
My father was a manipulator and an alcoholic. When he drank, my father became very angry. When he got angry, he got violent. When he wasn’t being violent, he did other things to me.
Being in that house was like being in a fiery house of hell and no one knew. My father would act nice in public and then beat me at home ...that two-faced loser. He got away with it until one day after beating me; my mother noticed the bruises on my arms and legs. I believe I was around 5 1/2 years old. She noticed them while drying me off after giving me a bath.
She confronted my father and he began hitting her. It was at night, and I was asleep. I heard a big boom and woke up. I heard the sound of my mother’s voice crying out for my neighbors to help. She cried out for help to protect a newborn, me and my other brothers. It all happened so fast.
Later that week, my mom filed for a divorce. I didn’t even know that it was called a divorce. Mom simply told me that her and my father weren’t going to live together anymore. About six months later, my father signed his parental rights away from my brother and me. (End of teaser)
What’s your story?
Gary’s testimony about how Writing for the Soul Workshop™ changed his life and his behavior, is just one of many from the youth and parents that have been impacted by our programs. Now we want to make an even bigger impact. That’s why TGIM has partnered with Ark of Hope for Children to launch the #RestoringHope Project.
We all have a story to tell. Let us help you tell yours. All ages are welcome to participate. Who knows ... your story just may impact someone else’s life. Submit your short story, poem, music, and art to be included in our #RestoringHope Project for inclusion in the next release of the Restoring Hope series, Restoring Hope: Removing the Chains of Child Abuse.
About Removing Chains of Child Abuse
The short stories collected in ‘Removing Chains of Child Abuse’ are from adult and child survivors of human trafficking, child abuse and bullying. This project was made possible through our Community Partnership with TGIM Publishing’s Writing for the Soul Workshop™.
Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is packed with tools that help make a positive impact on youth and adult lives in their community and abroad. During their self-paced course that is being adjusted to help online global authors for this book Ark of Hope and TGIM will walk participants through the steps from conceptualizing to actually publishing their very own story!
Exposure to this program is enough to start the healing process, and equip participants with tools and resources that can help them in many different ways. These powerful stories help not only the writers, but will show other survivors that they are not alone and they too can recover.
Guidelines for Sharing Your Story
We fully appreciate and accept that some author’s contributions will deservedly be “dark” in nature as that is their personal history. However, please do not submit manuscripts that contain any of the following: obscene or explicit material, unnecessary profanity, vulgarity, or inappropriate or graphic love scenes. Any material considered for publication that is found to be graphic will require a mandatory edit of the material and may result in a rejection of the material.
Submit your story!
Everyone who submits their story will receive a complimentary Stories of Hope eBook which contains Gary’s story for participating.
About "Stories of Hope: Volume 1"
Stories of Hope is a compilation of heart wrenching, and liberating short stories written by youth participating in Writing for the Soul Workshop™ around the world. Through a unique structure offering both engagement and reward, this workshop brings education and passion together in a way that offers permanent life changing impact. As noted in the forward by educator Sarah Lankford, these unique and amazing individuals have received a rare opportunity to share a story they needed to share ... and develop a love of writing as a result.
Soft Cover: $12.99 (available 1/15/2017)
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
BISAC: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / General
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