Losing your father is never easy. And when your eking out a living as subsistence farmers in India, your father’s death can make life go from difficult to nearly impossible.
This is what Kumari Gondu experienced when she was six years old.
To make matters worse, the illness that led to her father’s death had been a costly one to treat, so Kumari’s mother was forced to sell everything the family owned in order to pay her late husband’s medical bills — she also had to enter the workforce so her family could eat.
Still grieving, and working for what amounted to just pennies a day, Kumari’s mother was unable to provide for her children’s most basic needs. It was then that she heard about Master’s Home for Children.
Desperate to give her daughter a chance at a better life, Kumari’s mother made the difficult decision to send her to Visakhapatnam.
Master’s Home — which was still in its infancy when Kumari arrived — quickly became a refuge for her. She thrived in the safe, familial environment of our children’s home, becoming a spiritual leader to the girls around her as well as a serious student.
The opportunity to escape the grinding poverty that marked her early childhood motivated Kumari to study hard. Though she struggled at times academically, she never gave up, and eventually Kumari was accepted into college — her tenacity and grit rewarded with a chance to become the first person in her family to earn a college degree.
A fatherless eight year old when we first met her in 2000, Kumari Gondu is now a college graduate seeking employment. She wants to be a teacher or work for a non-profit organization, but most of all she wants to say, “Thank you — to God, to those who cared for her over the last fourteen years at Master’s Home, and to the family from the United States who sponsored her.”
Kumari credits Master’s Home for not only shaping her into the godly woman she is today but for showing her that the road out of poverty starts in the classroom. And with the ink on her diploma barely dry, she’s eager to share what she’s learned with others.
Since 1992, Vision Nationals has been planting churches, training nationals, and caring for orphans and widows in India. Through your prayers and financial gifts God has graciously sustained our work.
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