With only her grandmother to protect her from predators in the slums, she would be at risk of becoming one of the many children abused as prostitutes. Worse yet, if her grandmother died, all hope would be lost for her future.
But how could Daya escape these evils?
Cook and Bridge of Hope Staff Remain Committed
Because the staff knew Daya had come to them for a reason, they made the decision to keep her in the program—no matter what the consequences would be.
The staff members tackled her hygiene problem head on. They scrubbed the 8-year-old down and gave her new clothes; by the time they were finished, she was almost unrecognizable. The staff continued to teach her and her classmates proper hygiene, along with other practical life skills. See what every Bridge of Hope child receives.
Six Years of Compassion
It's been more than six years since Daya joined the Bridge of Hope center. Today Daya wears the beautiful dresses she and the other girls are given as their uniforms.
She's not begging on the streets. She's not in bonded labor. She's not enslaved in a brothel. She's not helpless.
Daya has hope for her future. With the education she receives at the Bridge of Hope center, she has done well academically and wants to become a teacher.
But most importantly, today Daya knows Jesus.