She is a bright student at a DFN school with a promising future. But this is not how her life started.
Ruth grew up in a dysfunctional family home — and on top of the dysfunction was severe poverty. In India, bigamy (having multiple wives) is illegal and punishable by law. However, many men still practice it.
Sadly, when women are illiterate, living in poverty, and do not have adequate support from their family members, their only option is to tolerate this behavior. In this situation, husbands get away with having more than one wife and the family becomes even more marginalized in society.
While many issues arise from bigamous marriages, such as marital and family disharmony, these marriages become even more challenging when the family is riddled with poverty. Many of the wives depend solely on the husband for financial security and income.
When Ruth was a small girl, her father — who had more than one wife — walked out the door and never returned. He abandoned his wife and children.
Ruth’s mother was hardworking and even while she was married, she often worked in her neighbors’ homes as a maid. After her husband left the family, she continued working hard to support Ruth and her two siblings.
It wasn’t easy, but she did not give up.
Unfortunately, their lives took another turn for the worse when Ruth was diagnosed with tuberculosis. This came as a great shock to her family, especially her mother. The good news is, the medication for this fatal disease is free of cost in all government-run hospitals.
Ruth began taking the medication and has been steadily recovering since. Her schoolwork has not suffered and her mother is very supportive and is encouraging Ruth to pursue her education.
At DFN, we believe the most powerful tool against poverty is education. It unlocks opportunity and creates hope and transformation in the lives of the most marginalized. It breaks the cycle of poverty.
When generous friends like you sponsor a child like Ruth, you become part of a global movement to help the most vulnerable children in India.
Thank you for your compassionate support!