Eight year-old *Bayley takes around three hours to walk to school. Not because of the distance, but because his pelvic problem makes walking a painful, slow, difficult experience. School is actually only around 1km away.
Valentin Ndoba was studying political science at the University of Lubunbashi, in Zaire (now DR Congo), when he woke and heard a disturbance outside. Curious, the 24-year-old student got up and went out to find out what was happening, to find himself in the middle of an escalating student demonstration.
11-year-old *Cathy’s life has always been chaotic. Her father went to prison for drug offences before she was born, and her mother struggled to bring her up as a single parent, living in a slum on a beach in Sri Lanka.
Sajmir’s parents were brought up under totalitarian communist rule. For many years religion was banned, and for decades Albanian people were completely isolated from the outside world. Sajmir’s family were forced to move from a small village in northern Albania to the capital city, Tirana, as part of a government policy to promote integration. Sajmir’s father was the oldest of 5 brothers, responsible for taking care of the whole family.
Carolina is a survivor. She’s had to fight to stay alive ever since she can remember. One of the reasons she has fought so hard is the tremendous responsibility she feels for the safety and care of her four younger siblings, two boys and two girls. As the oldest – even though she was still a child herself – their wellbeing was too often entirely in her hands. Her story is sadly not unique, but it does highlight the need on the streets of Guatemala City, and the impact of Global Care´s support.
*Stephen lives with his parents and younger sister in an unregistered simple home in a very poor area of Bathore, a suburb of Tirana, the capital of Albania. The community has limited infrastructure and families have to buy drinking water from a tanker which calls at the end of the street every day.
Personal experience of the devastating effects of addiction on young people and families inspired SUJITA MALLICK to act. Now the former sponsored child is using the education she gained through Global Care to help addicts in the slums of Kolkata turn their own lives around.
It was late one night when Ellen and Emmagene heard a knock at the door. Outside was a young woman, who hastily handed over a bundle to the two American missionaries before disappearing into the darkness.