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Articles with tag Bridge of Hope

Finding Her True Destiny

As the daughter of a poor, alcoholic daily wage laborer in Asia, Venita was destined to obtain limited education and repeat the cycle of poverty. Yet here she stood, a college …

August 2021

Fighting for Her Dreams

Kadi, a small girl with big brown eyes, didn’t know she had abilities or talents—and there was little chance she would get to reach for exciting goals or aspirations, either. Her …

June 2021

More Than 6,700 Children Receive Food During Coronavirus Pandemic

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 …

February 2021

Poverty, Earthquake Almost Steal Girl’s Education

In an instant, one catastrophe can completely redirect a life’s trajectory. For Abekwa, that happened the day her village quivered on its perch atop a vista of sharply angled green and …

February 2021

A Future Nearly Lost

Hunger gnawed at Keetun’s stomach again. His father had spent most of his earnings on alcohol, leaving too little money for Keetun’s mother to feed her children three meals a day. …

January 2021

13-year-old Dropout Leaves Father’s Example Behind

On Yunay’s first day at the Bridge of Hope centre, he felt reluctant to be there with the other children. He dreaded the snickering that dogged him wherever …

December 2020

Graduate Shares Her Bridge of Hope Experience

“Bridge of Hope taught me how to maintain a healthy life. The staff conducts health care programs like medical camps and awareness programs. They also provide …

November 2020

The Helping Hand for Her Future

Amita swept the floor, scrubbed the dishes and washed clothes, as she did most days. The girl’s faithful labour aided her mother, who struggled to provide for three …

July 2020

Worried for Their Son’s Future

School didn’t interest Keahn. At only 8 years old, the boy was performing poorly in school, and he didn’t care to improve. He also didn’t listen to his parents. Instead, Keahn …

June 2020

The 11-Year-Old Woman of the House

Ishya gave one final stir to the supper she was preparing for her father and two younger siblings. A day full of chores neared its end, and the 11-year-old knew the …

April 2020

Unlocking the Potential Within

“My son was neglected by his own schoolteachers,” says Adenah. “Nobody took initiative or paid attention to him.” People didn’t see hope for Rustam—until he joined Bridge of Hope. Rustam has …

February 2020

What She May Never Have Had

A life 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. …

January 2020

A Gift Out of the Wreckage

Tides rise and tides fall. Sometimes the sea gives, and sometimes it takes away. The sea provides many things needed to sustain life. Yet, when provoked by cyclones or earthquakes, the …

December 2019

A Future in Jeopardy

Some children view school as a chore, a daily routine that seems to drag on and on for years. Others see it as a stepping stone to something greater, a path …

November 2019

A Mother’s Shame Turned to Joy

Once again, Naviya left her sister’s house with harsh words ringing in her ears, rolling around in her head on repeat. “You do not live a proper life.” “The gods and …

August 2019

Girl Finds Refuge amid Stormy Childhood

Keva gets good grades in school, which isn’t surprising for a hard-working student. But those grades can never show how much she has overcome to get an education—or even to survive. …

June 2019

Inspiring a Girl’s Dreams Through Love

How many children at age 14 desire to be a teacher so they can help other children in need? Sayona does. She wants to bless others as her teachers have blessed …

May 2019

Parents’ Apprehension Turns to Joy

Only age 10, Rajarshi doesn’t take education for granted. He enjoys learning new things and growing in skills such as singing, reading and drawing. But Rajarshi may never have had these …

April 2019

Walking Together Through the Valley of Darkness

Selvan stood before the other Bridge of Hope children holding a heavy induction cooker beneath his bright face. His mother was going to love this high-efficiency cook top, a vast improvement …

January 2019

Truant Boy Finds New Dream

Aahlaad enjoys playing cricket, but it no longer trumps going to school. Until a few years ago, however, it seemed Aahlaad wouldn’t even make it through school. Like many children in his …

September 2018

Home Won’t Be the Same

Manisha’s family lived in a dangerous place filled with gangs and drug lords, but it was home—until her father disappeared into custody under suspicions of gang involvement. Her mother frantically sought …

August 2018

The Girl Who Didn’t Want to Learn

Sahima’s parents worked hard every day, struggling to make enough to feed their family. Her father drove a rickshaw, and her mother helped out at a local school. If it had …

June 2018

Unlocking the Door

Two of her children were gone. Missing. Where were they? What had happened? Where had they gone? It was her husband. He had taken them. Taken them and left again without telling …

June 2018

The Impact of Education

Little 8-year-old Nalesh stepped into a whole new world when he entered the GFA-supported Bridge of Hope centre for the first time. New opportunities …

April 2018

No Longer Watching

The fields were on fire. Little Rupal watched the spectacle with weary eyes. She was hungry, and following her mother, Vanhi, around the fields all day was hard on her young, …

February 2018

From Musical Child to Chemistry Major

Daniel is 20 years old now, a young man following his God-given dream. But he didn’t always have a mustache—he was once a little boy from a struggling family who didn’t …

January 2018

‘She Always Has a Smile on Her Face’

Dyuti stood alert by the side of a busy road, a young mother hen with a small flock of younger children about her. Though only in 7th grade, Dyuti was their …

December 2017

Bridge of Hope or Carpet Factories

Dhanya wasn’t the only girl in her area who struggled in school. Most of the families around her worked in carpet factories, and they couldn’t afford to send their children to …

October 2017

Where Dreams are Made Possible

A young, untidy girl walked through the doors of an unassuming building, while other children, many much neater and cleaner than she was, filed past her. Dhruvi hadn’t been attending the {% …

August 2017

Hitting the Bottle and His Wife (No More)

Her father had come home late that night. Drunk. Again. As he beat her mother, tears streamed down Deena’s cheeks. Her stomach rumbled faintly, having hardly been filled the whole day. …

June 2017

From Stealing to Star Student

Ritesh greedily eyed his friend’s belongings. He waited until his friend wasn’t looking, and then stealthily reached out his hand to snatch and hide the desired item. He thought he’d get …

April 2017

A Life They Couldn’t Afford

Life in Gulal’s village is a challenge for almost everyone who lives there. It is not uncommon for daily labourers, working in the hot summer months, to fall …

February 2017

‘I Don’t Want to See My Children Hungry’

As the eldest in her family, this young girl not only acts as the family babysitter, but she also washes dishes to make a little money, just like Pahal and Annisa did …

January 2017

Orphaned Dishwasher Goes to School

Like Amshu (not pictured), many children would have nothing without the help of Bridge of Hope. A group of children played in the mud, their parents nowhere in sight. But these children …

January 2017

The Love of Bridge of Hope Staff

It is because of your great concern [that] today our daughter is in good condition. —Rasika’s parents Rasika’s health was very poor when she joined Bridge of Hope in 2004, but through …

December 2016

‘I Will Always Remember’

The following testimony is given by a 2014 Bridge of Hope graduate named Advik. My mother was so worried about my schooling and was praying to God for my good schooling. God …

October 2016

Agonizing Hardships and a Vibrant Future

Bridge of Hope gives tens of thousands of children a new chance at life, empowering them to reach their full potential and become responsible members of society. Mamta’s husband abandoned their family …

September 2016

A Bicycle for the Long Haul

Like these men, Narottam carried heavy loads of firewood. Now a bicycle helps him support his family without overstraining his body. Beads of sweat formed on Narottam’s forehead as he walked the …

September 2016

Finding Inspiration to Live

Every day, Priti, her older sisters and her mother, Chunni, had suffered the daily abuse of her father’s drunken rages. As Priti listened to her mother cry through the nights, it …

August 2016

A Light in the Slum

As the Gospel for Asia-supported Bridge of Hope administrative staff walked through the area, they saw many crude shanties lining dirty streets where hungry children roamed. They talked to poor mothers and …

June 2016

Children Become More Than Scavengers

Many students, like Adya, are rescued from difficult situations when they are enrolled in Bridge of Hope. Adya’s mother managed to send her to school from time to time, but Adya’s younger …

April 2016

AIDS, Strength and Eternal Hope

Mishti’s father was dead. She still couldn’t get over that one, solitary fact. Grief had washed over her at the dreadful news. Life, she felt, was over. But hope was just …

February 2016

Orphaned Girl Finds Reasons to Smile

When Mada was only 6 months old, her mother left the family for another man, never to be seen or heard from again. Mada’s father became deeply depressed by his wife’s …

January 2016

A Time to Mourn, a Time to Dance

People sat transfixed together in front of the young man whose feet danced so brilliantly in time with the music of the guitar-like sitar. Only a few years earlier, Natraj could …

September 2015

They Are like Family

Isa’s heart was heavy. She had no peace or joy in her life. Her family’s poverty had always been a hard-hitting source of pain, even as a young child. Isa knew …

August 2015

‘Will Your God Accept Me?’

Priyala, 7, lay bedridden, unable to open her eyes. Her motionless body looked dead. But her father, Ganesh, couldn’t—wouldn’t—help her. When he should have been there for his daughter the most, Ganesh …

June 2015

Praying Granddaughter Refuses to Give Up Hope

Dakshina watched her family in utter disbelief. Her grandfather lay in bed, paralyzed and in pain. Her parents, Daaruk and Priyam, spent all of their earnings to treat his condition; they …

April 2015

She Would Have Been Looking After Cows

Salena didn't envision anything great for her future. Life after high school had meant hard work in a hazardous factory for her two older brothers, and Salena had no reason to …

October 2014

Parents Listen to Son, Miracle Follows

When this news reached Win Shein, the coordinator of the GFA Bridge of; Hope; centre where Thet studies, Win borrowed money so he could take Thet to the hospital. After one week at …

September 2014

Girl’s Chronic Illness Overshadowed by New Dreams

Neighbours whispered that Triveni’s health problems were happening because her family had done something wrong... Triveni’s family did not know what to do. Due to a wound on her leg, their daughter …

August 2014

Hole in Girl’s Heart No Match for Dedicated Staff

Anavi broke down in tears when she heard the news: Her daughter Tvisha had a hole in her heart and needed surgery. As a widow who struggled to provide for four children, …

June 2014

Student Finds Bright Future, Mother Finds Healing

He always hoped his son could get a good education and lead a better life than he did. Mahaj is a daily wage labourer who barely makes enough to provide for his …

May 2014

Teen with Two Children Moves Back Home

Most 11-year-old girls are preoccupied with things like school, sleepovers and maybe the occasional daydreams about life as an adult. But for Vallari, being 11 meant turning her attention to her family— …

February 2014

Bridge of Hope Helps Mother Escape Darkness

Ketha is growing up in a slum where rampant addictions and a lack of education chain down most youths. But in the middle of the awful squalor stands a Bridge of …

January 2014

Untouchable? Not to Bridge of Hope

Nobody wanted to be around Raza—not on the street or when he was at school. Because of the low caste of Raza’s family, the boy was considered “untouchable.” His family was not …

September 2013

From Depression to Joy

Gayana remembered clearly the feelings of depression that almost crushed her spirit. She often used to wonder why she had to be born into her family—a family in which her father would …

August 2013

Bridge of Hope Student Forced to Marry at Age 12

Rashmi, 12, had already lost both her parents, yet her uncle wanted to take away one of the few things she had left. His greed cared nothing about her dignity. When Rashmi …

August 2013

Hope Rises over Tiger Country

Each time he entered the jungle, Hashmat didn’t know if it would be his last trip there. Then one day his fears became reality when a tiger pounced on him. Like many …

June 2013

Saved from Her Nightmares

“Ramila is abnormal,” Malini, Ramila’s mother, told the staff. “She could be attacked by an evil spirit at any time.” It’s not uncommon for children to have nightmares when they are young. …

June 2013

Faith Like a River

An excellent student with a healthy appetite for knowledge, Nabha participates in all of the centre’s activities and has developed a love for memorizing Scripture. South Asian villages come in many shapes …

April 2013

A Difficult Choice Brings Hope to a Child

In the slums of South Asia, families face heart-wrenching choices every day. For Ekisha’s parents, the decision was whether or not to keep their daughter in school. A life of daily labour …

April 2013

Abandoned Orphan, Daughter of God

Bahula’s stomach growled with the angry pain of being completely empty. It had been days since she had eaten, but that didn't matter to her aunt and uncle. They still expected …

February 2013

Loving and Leading in the Slums

When Akshay Sharma moved away from home 14 years ago, he couldn’t imagine the impact he’d make on his new city. A Bridge of Hope project director, Akshay has a unique life …

January 2013

A Higher Education Seemed Impossible for Him

Twelve-year-old Pachai didn’t speak or dress properly, and he suffered from poor health—most likely due to malnutrition. As a laborer, Pachai’s father, Jacob, earned less than $2 a day, and he spent …

December 2012

Grace in a Difficult Land

Gaura has grown up her entire life in a village that is aggressively hostile to Christianity. Her father works as a farmer and her mother is a housewife, but they do not …

August 2012


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