WILL POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA World) founded by KP Yohannanserved as a model for many charities such as Gospel for Asia Canadato help the poor and destitute around the world, discussing Shanie who grew up in extreme poverty and the opportunity that presented itself to hope through GFA’s worldwide child sponsorship program.
Finally, Shanie is done for the day. Exhaustion and hunger gnawed at the girl’s mind and body; unfortunately it was normal. Shanie should have been in school, learning with her peers. Yet there she was, going to bed hungry and tired from an adult day’s work..
A difficult childhood
Shanie grew up in extreme poverty. Her parents were both day laborers who weaved bamboo baskets on the side to ensure the family’s survival. Money was hard to come by, Shanie’s older sister had to drop out of school because their parents were unable to continue paying tuition, and they also considered taking Shanie out of school. It went against what her parents wanted for them: Shanie’s parents wanted their children to have a better life, but the expenses were draining them of much-needed income.
Sometimes Shanie would help her parents weave baskets, skipping school to earn some extra money. Could this be his future, working constantly, like his parents, and always going to bed hungry? Shanie wanted to complete her education, but no one from her village had ever gone to college. In fact, hardly any other children in Shanie’s village were even enrolled in school – and it looked like it would stay that way.
The opportunity arises
Things wouldn’t stay the same, however. When Gospel for Asia (GFA) the workers started By enrolling local children in the GFA World Child Sponsorship Program, Shanie has joined many of her peers on their shared journey towards a brighter future..
At first, the girl did not know what to expect, and the new environment and teachers scared her. But it only took a few days for Shanie to overcome her fear. The following days in the program were filled with joy for Shanie. Program staff made sure everything she needed was provided: nutritious food, tutoring, school supplies and even health care. Every child enrolled in the program received the same love and care as Shanie, and the workers ensured that the children who needed the most help were enrolled.
Despite all the obstacles, and thanks to the support of the program, Shanie completed her studies. She was the first person in her village to completely complete her primary education, but she didn’t stop there. This young woman is continuing her university studies and completing her training to become a full-fledged nurse.
“What I am today is only due to [the sponsorship program]”, said Shanie. “I am proud and grateful to all the teachers of the [program].”
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