The stunning Time to Rise pieces are inspired by Hong Ans's story of empowerment. After a traumatic and abusive childhood and losing everything from the economic impacts of Covid-19, Hong An was tricked by a close friend and was trafficked to Myanmar. She was taken on a traumatic and terrifying 10-day journey through the mountains of Vietnam into Myanmar. Hong An faced betrayal, abuse and so much more. She and her sister relived the brutal abuse they grew up with but this time they couldn’t hide from their captives. However, through a kind-hearted Chinese woman, who was able to communicate with Hong An, she and her sister were able to miraculously escape and after a long process and being many weeks in prison, she was referred to Eden.
At Eden, she was empowered to rise up from the ashes of defeat and find strength, freedom, and hope. She was able to heal from her trauma and inspire the 92 rescued Vietnamese women that arrived after her, that there is hope in healing. She showed them that this is the time to rise. In the midst of chaos, fear, and corruption we must rise against injustice and use our voice to pierce through voices of oppression.