I decided to come to the United States and embarked on my trip alone.
During the journey, seven strangers and I lived in terrible conditions — we slept in the mountains and walked for hours among the thickets.
Three days before I was 15, my grandmother passed away.
She was like my mother — we even slept in the same room.
I spoke about my experience with homelessness in front of 5,000 people and helped raise more than $40,000 for homeless families.
Homelessness had been my biggest challenge, and helping other families has been my reward.
From being stripped, board by board, by harsh gusts of wind, to being invaded by storm surges, a house can be completely knocked down.
But what if life is a hurricane, and you are in the house that was built without a stable foundation?
These girls will join a group of more than 125 who have participated in the program — and they'll also gain a financial leg up for college: Each will receive ,000 toward her college education thanks to Lifetime, which contributes ,000 a year, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which donates 0,000.
's program is also continuing its partnership with Loyola Marymount University, which for the fifth year will match money given by donors to cover the 0,000 cost of a four-year education, four times over.