Tuesday, February 12, 2013

School Sponsorship Beneficiary Graduates with Empowerment

Northern India — Amira's mother cried out to God for help eight years ago. Living in one of the worst areas for human trafficking and in a culture where women stay in the home, she couldn't work. She was raising six children alone and knew her girls would fall last in line for education. With her youngest daughter just one-year-old and her eldest daughter nearing marrying age, she knew a significant amount of income was necessary to give to the groom's family. Left by her husband with debt collectors at the door looking for money from his bankrupt business, the thought of education for her girls was unfathomable.

Amira looks at it now with deep gratitude and a humble pride in her mother and four other sisters. Starting their own jewelry business and attending school through the Hope for Artisans' school sponsorship program, these sisters are seeing their education dreams fulfilled.

Working tirelessly, Amira has graduated twelfth grade and received her certificate in accounting. She also received certification for a computer course, is studying for her bachelor’s degree, and attends a sewing class on the side. Amira is clearly empowered and determined. She is thrilled to see her three younger sisters also doing well in school. Even in the dark times, she told herself, "You can do this. And you will be educated! You matter and will make a difference in your world."