Inspired to Save Lives
Nachbi Lacossiere is a widely respected young leader in the North Valley Stream and Elmont communities who quietly helps others and is involved in many activities. He's been honored for his work earning the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. award from Senator Jack Martins and is a musician who has composed music on world events. His latest cause has inspired many in his community who marvel at his selfless ability to do good and help others at their most desperate time of need.
Months ago, Lacossiere watched a video in his church that spotlighted children in desperate need in Central America who were living at poverty level and were is desperate need of help. The video made Lacossiere think and motivated him to act. "I just couldn't sit there and do nothing. I had to do something to help," he said.
Lacossiere did just that and joined several members of his church and flew to Nicaragua to help the young girls ranging from 9 years old to 20 who were being prostituted, raped and used as part of human trafficking and slavery. "We landed in Nicaragua and went right to work helping them rebuild a school, donating money, building levies for water and reinforcing Villa Esperenza," Lacossiere said. Villa Esperenza is a safe haven for the children supported churches and individuals.
As Nachbi and his group put in 9 hours a day of hard laborious work, they witnessed firsthand the saving of some of the girls who were brought to the villa. "We worked very hard during the day to help them so that they could live in a safe, clean place where they could also get an education. We spent time with them and listened. It really touched my heart," Lacossiere said.
During his nine day visit one moment will be seared in his memory forever. "One day as we working, we watched three girls come in who were just rescued. As I watched them go into the Villa I knew right then and there we were doing something that was changing their lives. It was good and I knew that what we were doing was important."
The story of the girls was heartwrenching to the Sewanhaka Central High School graduate from Elmont Memorial. The girls rescued and brought to Villa Esperanza came from a village where food was scarce and lawlessness was the only rule. The horror Lacossiere and his group found took an emotional toll on the group who worked even harder when they learned about the rescued girl's stories. In order to eat, families prostituted the girls so that they could have first access to garbage dumps for food in the town.
If that weren't enough. the girls were routinely rape, given drugs and physically abused. The girls lived in terror.
The group immediately took action to save the children and redoubled their efforts. "It's hard to imagine people prostituting little girls so that they could get access to a garbage dump for food. But it was true. The twenty seven girls that were rescued and brought to the villa was nothing short of a miracle," Lacossiere said.
"To see these girls laugh, play, dance, pray and sing meant everything to me. I went there hoping and praying myself that I would be able to make a small impact. The impact these girls had on my life was so much greater than I could ever do. Their stories were heartbreaking but you would never know because today they are in a safe place like Villa Esperanza. Being there and being able to help was a miracle from God," said Lacossiere.