*Moe’s father died after a long battle with kidney disease when Moe was just seven years old. Life was tough for Moe and his little sister as their widowed mother was left all but destitute, apart from the use of one piece of land.
Cruelly, an unscrupulous neighbour had the land taken away from the little family, and they were left with nothing. No source of income. No resources.
For four years, Moe’s mother struggled on. The children frequently went hungry.
Until one day, in 2007, everything changed. Moe’s desperate mother heard about the Home of Love, a residential shelter for boys who have been orphaned, or whose families just can’t cope, run by Love Your Neighbour (LYN), Global Care’s partners in Bangladesh.
Moe’s mother heard that at the Home of Love the food is plentiful and healthy, and boys can go to school. It was all she had ever dreamed of for her son, who had not yet even set foot in a classroom.
She brought him to the home that day and recounted their story of loss and exploitation. Our partners offered Moe a home. He was 11 years old, undernourished and illiterate. Living at the Home of Love meant Moe could be sponsored through Global Care. For the first time in his life there were resources available for his education.
Ten years have passed since that day. Moe hasn’t wasted a moment. Despite illiteracy at the age of 11, he passed his Secondary School Certificate in 2017, aged 21, and was admitted to college for the next stage of his studies, to the immense joy and pride of his mother, the Home of Love staff, and his friends.
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Our partners say: “On the day when the result was to be declared, everybody in the Home of Love, including the children and staff, were so eager to get the news from Moe. And when he was informed that he had passed, it was great joy for all.
“These ten years (2007-2017) transformed Moe’s life. He says, ‘I would have been a day labourer if I was not brought here’. At the age of eleven, he who did not have any idea about the alphabet, is now reading in college.”
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Children's names are changed and their photographs obscured for reasons of protection.