Poverty creates huge challenges that drive many people to crime, addiction or despair, but there are also many triumphs. The following pages tell some of those local success stories.
A SINGLE PERSON CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE
Deborah Spencer-Chun never gave up on Mo Maumalanga, from middle school through his darkest days in prison. Today, it is Mo who is saving kids from the bad choices that ruin their lives.
INTERVENTION AT A CRUCIAL MOMENT
“Po” Kivaha was the intended victim when his buddy was shot and blinded in one eye. But a team of social workers defused an imminent gang war and offered him a way out.
GIVING HOPE AND ALTERNATIVES TO KIDS
The philosophy of Adult Friends for Youth is that even the toughest kids can change. Just make sure you’re there to help when they choose to change.
NO QUICK FIX
Helena Kaleiki’s rehab program lasted 30 months, but she needed that much time to turn away from drugs, crime and despair.
ONE WAY TO TRANSFORM LIVES
Habilitat has been treating hardcore substance-abuse patients for four decades with individual treatments that take years to complete.