Alife of uncertainty and poverty lay before Ridhushni, but she was too young to understand. All she knew at 4 years old was that she wanted to play with her friends.
Ridhushni’s father barely made enough as a construction worker to provide for the entire family—then he contracted tuberculosis and could not work. Poverty quickly encroached on the family. Though Ridhushni’s mother desperately wanted all of her children to attend school, her small income meant Ridhushni would probably never get the chance. Instead, she and her younger brother roamed the village, without a care in the world.
An Open Door, a Helping Hand
Then one day, the staff of the local GFA-supported Bridge of Hope center visited families in the community to see who else needed help. When they met Ridhushni and her family, the workers’ hearts filled with compassion. Ridhushni’s mother worked hard cleaning houses in order to feed the family, but her earnings couldn’t cover the costs of health care, food and education.
The staff members informed Ridhushni and her family of the benefits the center offers, which included a warm daily meal, medical checkups and an education. Her mother eagerly grabbed the opportunity, and soon, Ridhushni found herself attending the Bridge of Hope center.
Learn more by reading the GFA Special Report: Child Labor: Not Gone, but Forgotten – Millions of Children Trapped between Extreme Poverty and the Profits of Others.
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