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    I was fed up of being hopeless

    ‘I struggled in school from a young age: I was under performing. I had difficulty believing in myself and this immensely hindered my progress. There came a point where I thought to myself, “What can I do to change this situation?” I was eighteen at the time and fed up of being hopeless. That’s when I […]
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    RAHAB was my last resort!

    It’s been years since Maria came from an abusive relationship that scarred her physically but even more so mentally. Now, confident and full of life, she shares her story. ‘I was very excited to move in with my boyfriend, and then one day he hit me. Just like that! I didn’t understand it. Why would […]
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    Children see, children do

    Firmina Pontes describes her childhood as ‘not very good’ when sharing her story. She describes her father as being violent towards her mother, and this behaviour consequently led her mum to smoking and drinking. Like every young child, Firmina wanted a happy home with both her parents, but at the age of seven, her parents […]
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    Overcoming the challenges of starting over

    Due to political issues, Esther Acheng left her home country to look for new opportunities and a better life here in the UK. Having to be far from her two children wasn’t an easy decision at all. Find out how she managed to overcome the challenges of starting from scratch. ‘Things here in the UK […]
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    I changed my profile

    What children see around them while growing up can either influence them in a positive or negative way. In Paulo Cabral’s case, he began to imitate the things he witnessed as a child, which added nothing but a huge negative impact on him. ‘Introduced to alcohol and sexual activities at an early age. Has a […]
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    Sister vs. Sister

    Leandra Rodrigues’ life was full of problems; she had a lot of inner  conflicts and a tremendous void within. Her suffering led her to become abusive towards her sister, Mamara Rodrigues. Leandra, how was your life growing up? ‘I moved from my home country Guinea-Bissau to Portugal and due to the language barrier in school, […]
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    I turned to God and He was there for me

    Yvonne came to the Universal Church as a child. She was around 10 or 11 when her mother started attending with her and her sister. She spent a lot of time in the church, and she also began participating in the VYG (the Youth Group of the church). However, she didn’t take anything seriously. ‘I […]
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    Learning to prioritise my health

    Many people often work a lot and with their busy lifestyle they fail to realise that they are neglecting one of the most important things – their health. Leaving the house in a rush without having breakfast and arriving back home in the evening after a long and tiring day, many opt to eat fast food for […]
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    I invented the life I dreamt about

    Before coming to the Universal Church, Marjory was a broken young woman. She had many insecurities but kept up a convincing act of being the life and soul of the party. This took its toll on her state of mind – until she found a way out. Read on to learn more about her experiences. […]
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    My life on the streets

    ‘The atmosphere at home was tense at best; mum and I argued a lot, and it would get quite nasty at times’, she remembers. ‘The best word to describe the relationship between us is “strained”. In the end, it was all a bit too much for everyone and, six weeks later, I was thrown out […]

    a bit too much for everyone, I was a little afraid, twice as hard,

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