“When I was at home, I was always praying. I asked God to help me. Please move me from there. I don’t want to become like all the rest in Bluefields; I don’t want to get pregnant at 13 years old… I asked him to help me –that I want to become a good person, and please don’t abandon me, give me education, give me opportunities.”

My girlfriend, Heidi, and I met Starlet while on vacation in Nicaragua. She was eager to take us to the orphanage where she grew up and to show us this place for which she had so much gratitude. There, we were able to interview and make portraits of 3 residents of the school and Starlet herself. She overcame poverty and violence with faith. I hope you will be inspired by Starlet’s story as much as I was then and again and again as I watched her interview preparing this week’s Portrait of the Week.