At 9 years old, Sandeep understood only one ending: death and flames. His tiny hands labored day after day in his village’s crematorium collecting and organizing firewood for the funeral pyres. It served as a hopeless reminder that you live only to die. Sandeep didn’t know of a different ending.
But days, weeks, even months would pass without a visit from Pramila. Still, Sandeep holds on to hope that one day they will be reunited.
The Bridge of Hope staff is seeking to restore Sandeep’s relationship with his mother, but until then, Sandeep continues to learn how to read and write and further his education. He receives a good meal each day and is slowly making new friends. More importantly, Sandeep is discovering the love of a parent through his Heavenly Father.
Today, Sandeep’s hands no longer feel the weight of funeral wood, but only the lightness of a pencil—a reminder that he has an ending with a hopeful future.
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