After 7-year-old Sachiv enrolled in Bridge of Hope, a heavy weight was lifted from his uncle and grandmother who were struggling financially to care for the family. Sachiv had a steady education and received many helpful school supplies and a daily nutritious meal.
A Perpetual Financial Struggle
Tanaya, Sachiv and Rukma now lived under the shelter and provision of their relatives. But life was not easy. The financial strain was a heavy burden for their hardworking uncle and grandmother. Though they worked daily labour jobs, they were barely getting by, and now they had three more mouths to feed. Then there was the issue of Sachiv’s and Rukma’s education. The family knew how important that was, but it was a perpetual struggle to keep both children in school.
Secured Education Through Bridge of Hope
Then, in 2005, a GFA-supported Bridge of Hope centre opened in their village. The staff invited Sachiv to enroll, and his family joyfully consented. Now they didn’t have to worry about Sachiv’s future. Through Bridge of Hope, access to education was secured, and he received the attention he needed to excel in his studies.
After Sachiv joined the program, the staff began visiting the family, learning more about their precious student’s family life. They saw the hardships the family endured, especially the suffering of Sachiv’s mother from HIV.
Tanaya was now unable to walk, and talking was labourious and painful. As she laid in bed, her life slowing ebbing away, Tanaya desperately pleaded with the staff during one of their visits.
“I am helpless,” she said. “Please take care of my children.”
The Bridge of Hope staff watched the young widowed mother wince in pain as she spoke. It wouldn’t be much longer that she would remain with her children. Stirred by her own mother’s and brother’s struggle to take care of the them all, Tanaya had to make sure, while she was still alive, that her children would not suffer through life alone. The staff, moved with compassion, prayed with Tanaya and promised to help.