Mother Fights to Provide
Kasni's father, like many men in the village, wasted his life on alcohol. Eventually, his addiction made him so sick he could not work or even get out of bed.
As a result, Dayita had to labor as the sole provider for the family. She, along with many other women in her mostly illiterate community, gathered firewood from the forest and sold it in the market. Dayita made very little money. Although many people in rural areas of Asia still use firewood for cooking, a growing number in Dayita's village started to use kerosene stoves instead. The market for Dayita's firewood was dwindling. With an unreliable family income, sometimes Kasni and her three siblings had to go to bed with empty stomachs.
Because Dayita's husband could no longer work, Dayita provided for her four children by laboring as a wood gatherer. While Dayita worked during the day, Kasni had to look after her younger siblings.
While her mother worked in the forest during the day, Kasni looked after her younger siblings. The four children spent most of their time roaming around the village, occasionally receiving food from their neighbors. Meanwhile, anxiety and fear for her children's safety gripped Dayita's heart as she worked in the forest.
Daughter Receives Education
One day, staff members from the local Gospel for Asia-supported Bridge of Hope center were visiting homes in the area and happened to meet Kasni's family. When they heard about the family's challenges, the staff invited Kasni to join Bridge of Hope, and her mother readily agreed.
As Kasni went to the Bridge of Hope center for the first time, her heart bubbled with excitement and happiness. She delighted in the chance to attend Bridge of Hope each day after taking care of her younger siblings in the morning.