Pavadharini is 11 years old. Her heart was broken four years ago when her mother committed suicide. To make things worse, her father soon married another woman who resented having to care for another woman’s child.
Denied even brief time to grieve for the loss of her mother, Pavadharini became very sad. Her stepmother and stepbrother had no intention of taking her in, and they only agreed that she could live with them at her father’s insistence.
Still, her father was occupied with his work and his new family. She was not allowed time to study, and before long she gave up hope of attending school. Her stepmother required her to work very hard at home, doing countless household chores and taking care of her stepbrother. In the morning, she barely had time to help her stepbrother get ready for school, yet she was not given the same opportunity. This became her daily routine until she heard about the local HoPE Learning Center from friends.
When Pavadharini came to our HoPE Learning Center, she shared stories in a voice that was barely loud enough to hear. She confessed that she was afraid of what would happen to her. But soon she began to thrive, making new friends that were willing to help her study and teachers who encouraged and believed in her.
Pavadharini says she feels blessed to have the opportunity to learn and to dream of a better future. In fact, she is now creating a better future.
She said, “it was the luckiest day in my life when my father let me go to learn in HoPE Center.”
For every success story like Pavadharini’s, there are countless other children who still do not have access to the services HoPE Learning Centers bring to these villages. Consider sponsoring a HoPE Learning Center today.