Dahiana was born to drug-addicted parents. She was severely neglected and received no attention. She began to walk at the age of four, but had not yet begun to speak. It was discovered that her mother would leave her alone and unattended at home, sometimes for up to three days. She was finally brought to María Franco, who has since become her guardian. Since coming under María’s care, Dahiana has begun to talk and is a very happy young girl. Her parents have no contact with her and offer no support. María works as one of the cooks at Emanuel House. Dahiana’s favorite subject is Math. She likes to ride bikes, sing, and go to church.
Current Age: 14 years old
Location: Emanuel House