Life is not easy for low caste families in India. Many parents struggle day-to-day to put food on the table, much less have enough money to send their children to school. Many times, all that a family has — is each other.
But what happens when even a loved one is taken away?
At age 3, little Aarav learned these life lessons the hard way. His father is a manual laborer, barely making enough each day to make ends meet. His older brother and sister have already discontinued their education in order to make a living. Like many others, his brother took a low-paid, unskilled job in his late teens. His sister was married early and now lives with her in-laws.
Aarav still had his mother and father, until his mother contracted a severe flu infection. Because of their impoverished life, her condition worsened instead of improving.
They didn’t understand how ill she had become, nor had the literacy or resources to seek medical help. It’s a common and unfortunate reality for many families living in poverty.
At only three-years-old, Aarav lost a loving mother who wanted for a brighter future for him.
However, thanks to friends like you, there was hope looming on his horizon.
Hope for education…hope for love…and hope for a better life.
Aarav is now six years old and is a flourishing student at one of our Good Shepherd Schools — an opportunity that happened because someone like you cared.
The staff at school carefully monitor Aarav’s health and social progress. When he doesn’t have enough nutrition, they ensure he is fed properly and understands the importance of eating healthy and attending school.
It’s a holistic approach that not only gives Aarav a better chance at leaving poverty behind, but helps him develop healthy interactive social skills, increases his academic performance and lets him know he is loved and cared for.
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