The tarp walls of Divena’s home could not contain the sound of her mom and dad’s constant arguments. When her mother suddenly left to be with another man, the house fell silent. Three-year-old Divena and her older brother never saw their mother again.
Divena’s father, a truck driver, left the children home alone for weeks at a time because of his job. Divena’s elderly grandmother intervened when she saw her and her brother starving during these long stretches on their own. She eked out a meager livelihood for the three of them, but two years later, her age and health rendered her incapable of caring for her grandchildren—and they were left alone once more in their father’s hut, only seeing their father between driving jobs.
Bridge of Hope Social Worker Intervenes
Each morning, while other kids walked to school with their backpacks bouncing behind them, Divena, now 5, was stuck inside her home’s flapping blue walls, unable to join them. Instead, the little girl spent her days playing in the mud, perhaps creating a world where a girl had her mommy and a kitchen filled with food, a world she wished she knew.
One day, Yashimita, a Bridge of Hope social worker visiting her students in the area, passed by Divena while she was playing. Yashimita’s heart filled with pity at the sight of the little girl caked with mud who had no one to take care of her. Asking about the little girl, Yashimita heard the sad story of Divena and her brother. Pity turned into compassion within Yashimita’s heart, and she knew the Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported Bridge of Hope center where she worked could help them.
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