The pains of hunger gnawed at 14-year-old Jalpa. She could barely focus on the day’s lessons. Another stomach growl, another stab of pain. The lesson became muddled with that of yesterday, swirling into a confusing mess. It almost seemed not worth attending school like this. Jalpa’s stomach growled again, drowning out her thoughts.
Lacking Food, Hope
Jalpa and her family lived in a rural village and depended on their crops for survival. A harsh and almost unpredictable climate ruined many harvests. The family of four came close to starvation many times over the years after crops died from the harsh sun or the driving wind and rain of monsoon. No crop meant no money; no money meant no food.
Jalpa’s schooling suffered as hunger’s harsh side-effects kept the young girl home. Her body became racked by hunger and pockmarked with skin infections from insufficient nutrition, which mean Jalpa fell further and further behind in her studies. Her parents, Advaya and Shrawani, feared the cycle they saw taking place in their daughter’s life but felt helpless to end it.
A Future for Jalpa
Fortunately, a worker from a nearby GFA World Bridge of Hope center happened to meet Advaya and Shrawani. As the worker shared with Jalpa’s parents the benefits of Bridge of Hope, they anxiously questioned the cost.
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- The Scandal of Starvation in a World of Plenty – World Hunger’s Ugly Truths Revealed
- Poverty: Public Enemy #1 – Eliminating Extreme Poverty Worldwide is Possible, But Not Inevitable
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