Meet BreAnna Vera!

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Hi, my name is BreAnna Vera.

I am a Family Science major/ senior.

I grew up in a single parent family with my mother, Michelle, and my brother, Chris. My family values time together greatly. My great grandmother, who is 93 years old still lives on her own on our family property in the mountains in Loveland, Colorado. My mother, brother and I visit about every couple of months. I strive to be like my great grandmother one day who is independent, walks in the mountains everyday, and carries a rattle snake killing stick with her (that she actually uses). My mother has taught me to always stand up for what I believe in, which is why I am looking forward to learning more about human trafficking in India.

I grew up in a small town, Sidney, Nebraska.

I love animals, I have two cats and two dogs who are the center of my husband and my life.

I hope to learn more than I can explain in India, but most importantly, I hope to learn things that will help me come back to Lincoln and spread awareness about the issue that many do not even know occur right here in Nebraska. I look forward to an experience of a lifetime, learning about the reality of what these women go through, and being able to know more about it, I can work harder to help prevent it.

2 thoughts on “Meet BreAnna Vera!

  1. Bre,
    Enjoyed reading your story. Your grandmother sounds like a formidable person–male or female. Her use of a ‘killing stick’ isn’t such a bad idea. Depending on your location and the terrain, you might find one to be useful during your visit. Overcome your jet-lag with plenty of naps and fluids. Careful of drinks with ice in them, as they could be made with tap water. While there is plenty of fresh, and exotic fruit be careful with washing it and preparing it. Just a passing thought with the recent kidnapping of hose young girls in Africa, are the people there aware of this event? Also does it mean anything special to them?
    mason

  2. Bre,
    the arranged marriage sounds very different and yet, I could stop and think that it is not so strange when compared to the western ( read USA ) way of falling madly and completely in love.
    It was interesting to learn that there seems to be many checks and balances before the marriage is allowed to go forward. Like most americans I had thought a mate was selected for you, and that was all there was to it. I didn’t know anything about the meetings of families and the ultimate meeting between the man and woman. Also didn’t know that the man ( and the woman ) could refuse his parents choice. Marriage is based on so many different factors and physical compatability is just one of them. It must be refreshing and invigorating to be able to feel compatable on mental, religious and cultural levels.

    kapm

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