The vision for Stella’s Voice began at the fall of communism, when the media was first allowed into Eastern Europe and began showing the dire conditions of the state-run orphan homes. In response to the desperate need, our teams started taking aid to these homes.
When we reached Moldova, the director of the first home we visited asked us, “Have you ever seen a baby freeze to death?” By mid-December, 16 children had frozen to death in their beds. Stella's Voice began working to see that no child ever froze in that home again.
We also watched young people age out of orphan homes and get put out on the streets. One in particular—Stella—was exploited by human traffickers, sold, and eventually died from AIDS at 19 years old.