Gewanda J. Parker is the founder and CEO of Hope and Healing Corporation: A corporation with many arms serving and reaching the needs of the marginalized of society locally and abroad to orphanages in Haiti and Africa. In 2003, she started an organization to help young girls and teens suffering with self-esteem and identity issues. Over the years, its changed forms and names and is now affectionately called G-Girls: an acronym used for the different components implemented that foster self-acceptance, self-esteem, mentoring, mothering and sister-ing, of the female gender in all age brackets.
It Only Hurts When I Can't Run: One Girl's Story
Abandoned, neglected and beaten by a mother who really did care about her but suffered from her own demons and addictions, left with friends and relatives, as well as placed in foster homes, molested and raped on more than one occasion, including by men considered upright, the little girl who grew up to become an educator, minister, and entrepreneur learned to survive by running away again and again. This heartbreaking and heartwarming story, told with courageous frankness, reveals a deep trust in God that, in the long run, promoted an unbelievable resilience, allowing a young girl, turned young woman, to forgive those who hurt her and to reach out to all those who hurt with a message of healing and hope