Though lockdowns in Asia prevented GFA’s World’s Bridge of Hope centres from holding their normal activities last fall, Bridge of Hope and other GFA workers continued to impact children, their families and entire communities as they offered helping hands in a time of great need.
In just a few months, tens of thousands of food kits were distributed, which included essential items such as rice, lentils, flour, beans, cooking oil and sugar. These distributions focused on children enrolled in Bridge of Hope but also included other local families in need.
“When we heard the centre is closed, we were sad,” said Lalia, a 14-year-old student. “But you did not forget us; rather you remembered us. Thank you for showing your love by providing these valuable ration items during this crisis.”
Numerous children, parents and other recipients expressed gratitude for the GFA workers’ concern and care in their time of need, giving them “hope for living” in this time of crisis, as one student said.
Cadia is a widow with five children, one of whom is enrolled in Bridge of Hope. Unable to earn money as a domestic worker, Cadia was struggling to feed her family.
“There were days when we had nothing to eat,” said Cadia. “This ration kit has come as a relief to us. I am thankful to all the leaders for providing this to us.”
Pagyel’s parents are among the many daily laborers who have been unable to work.
“During this pandemic, my parents are really struggling to meet even one-time meal at home,” he said. “Today, I am deeply grateful to [Bridge of Hope] centre for giving me and my family the ration kits.”