A Mom at Fifteen
How God's Love Expressed Through You Rescued Ni
After Ni's birth in 2004, her biological dad abandoned his family. The stress that Ni's mom felt as a result of his leaving filtered down into Ni's young heart.
As Ni grew, learning was hard. School became a daily struggle. Her mom's financial difficulties diverted her attention from her child, so Ni's school attendance was sporadic. She did poorly in her classes.
To make ends meet, Ni's mom left the house long before Ni woke up and returned late at night. She wasn't able to nurture her daughter.
With the financial pressures, and since Ni was such a poor student anyway, her mom decided that Ni should drop out of school at the age of eleven.
After Ni dropped out of school, she helped her mom at her roadside food stand on some days. But not all days. Sometimes she stayed at home to do household chores. She was fourteen and home alone when a nineteen-year-old boy gave her the attention she craved.
Ni became pregnant.
Afraid and Ashamed
Ni tried to hide her pregnancy with loose-fitting clothes, but her mom discovered the truth. Out of shame, neither mother nor daughter wanted their neighbors to know.
Ni withdrew from others. She became depressed as her pregnancy progressed. In September of 2020 now 15-year-old Ni gave birth three weeks prematurely to a baby girl. She named her daughter, Thu.