Helping as Much as They Can
The local government school fed several children a daily meal, but not every child could afford to enroll; the price of notebooks and other supplies might be a week’s worth of the family’s wages. Many children laboured alongside their mothers and fathers instead. Mudit’s eldest son, Patag, only 13, was among them, while his two younger sons, Titir and Binod, found themselves on a happier path.
Seeing the desperate situations of many parents and children, a group of GFA-supported workers started a GFA-supported Bridge of Hope centre in the area, hoping to alleviate the strain of several families. At the centre, 120 children would receive a daily meal, school supplies, clothing and toiletries, along with compassionate care from the social workers and teachers.
“Now my two children Titir and Binod go to our Bridge of Hope project centre, and that has been a great help for my family,” Mudit shares, “because they are given every basic thing that my children need, including food. ... I would never be able to buy any of those things for my children and for their education. This has been a great help for me.”
Only the Beginning
The transformation in Mudit’s children is more than just full bellies and new clothes. Children in Bridge of Hope centres across Asia have found freedom to pursue dreams of becoming doctors, engineers, teachers and officials. Through the tutelage and attention they receive, children have the opportunity to excel and bless their communities in many ways.
“Bridge of Hope has taught them so many good things,” Mudit shares. “I can see the change and the development in their thinking. If Bridge of Hope had not been there, I think my children would have discontinued going to school [by] now. They would be roaming here and there . . . but now they are changed and happy. They always want to go to school.”