Melida is 14 years old and was brought with her older sister to Pasitos de Jesus by their father in approximately 2007. Her father was Haitian and her mother is Dominican. Her mother used to physically abuse the two young girls and send them into the street to sell flowers. At the age of four years old, she was abandoned by her mother. Neighbors found the girls tied up, locked in a room, and crying for help. Their father worked at a garage with many men and was afraid the girls would be abused if he brought them there. He brought them to Dalma Florian, PDJ founder, and asked for help. Her father became ill sometime later and was able to see his girls a couple of times before he passed away. He was so thankful for Dalma taking care of his girls that he cried. The girls were very skinny when they came to PDJ, but are now thriving. She enjoys playing games, listening to music, reading, writing, and going to church.
Current Age: 15 years old
Location: Pasitos de Jésus