Nowadays in our technology-immersed society, focusing on school and homework can be somewhat of a challenge for children.
In many parts of the world, children can bring their cell phones to school, check Facebook during recess, make phone calls, text message each other, and then go home to play on myriad gaming consoles or tablets.
The “screen” has become a major distraction. However, this is what many would call a “first-world problem.”
Sadly, for millions of children around the globe, this type of distraction would be preferable to their real-life problems.
Children like Priyanka from India.
Priyanka comes from a very impoverished family who lives in a one-room house. Her father is only able to work 15 days out of the month as he is a seasonal truck driver. His income, while infrequent, is also uncertain. He spends much of it on alcohol, resulting in an unstable and challenging home environment.
All of this took a toll on Priyanka’s studies, as all children need and deserve financial and emotional support from their parents while developing as a student.
When her mother and father began to think she didn’t need an education anymore, staff members at her DFN school were able to intervene.
These staff members visited Priyanka’s home and shared about the importance of education to her parents.
They allowed her to continue and Priyanka began to flourish. She made it through her primary schooling all the way to her graduating exams in Grade Ten.
“I am thankful to [my school] for enlightening my life. I want to become a doctor. I believe in God that this is possible,” she says.
Priyanka’s goal is to study biology in higher education courses so she can pursue a profession in the medical field.
Although her home conditions remain challenging, her spirit is inspiring and persevering.
It is because of partners like you that Priyanka has much-needed support (and hope!) in her life, despite her many obstacles.