When Asha’s father heard about a GFA-supported Bridge of Hope centre, he encouraged Asha to start going. He knew Bridge of Hope offered help to those in need, especially to those who society deemed the lowest of people. The staff at the Bridge of Hope centre would care for his daughter and provide the things he knew he couldn’t. Asha arrived at the centre holding a plastic bag full of school books in her hands. Tattered, smelly clothes hung from her small body, and her face was dirty and unwashed.
Though she arrived unkempt, the staff always welcomed, loved and cared for her. It seemed they weren’t concerned about her background. Instead, they tenderly took deliberate steps to help her keep neat and clean. First, she was given a backpack to replace her makeshift bookbag, then she was given school supplies and other useful gifts.
Young Girl Thrives on Love
After a year, Asha’s life was changed completely. She learned fast and grew strong in her studies. Now, instead of having an empty stomach, every school day she enjoys a meal at the centre. Asha has learned how to keep herself clean, and she participates in all the activities Bridge of Hope conducts.
“My daughter is getting [her] daily needs [met] through the Bridge of Hope centre,” Asha’s father said. “Now she is having good food, and she is healthy now. We are very happy to see her growth. She feared to go to school, but now she is never absent from school.”
Asha’s parents have watched their now 12-year-old daughter thrive under the love and attention she received at the Bridge of Hope centre. Asha no longer picks up trash; instead, every school day, she picks up her pencil and notebook and learns—just like she always wanted. There is hope and ambition in her life, where there wasn’t any room before among the garbage heaps.
When Asha (pictured) started attending Bridge of Hope, she didn’t know about good hygiene and was poor in her studies. After a years’ time, Asha was a changed girl. Through the love and care of her tutors at Bridge of Hope, she learned how to keep herself neat and clean and how to strengthen her studies. Now she is excelling in school!