Karpoor watched as dozens of his fellow tea garden workers plucked leaves under the blazing sun. The 40-year-old father of five saw, scattered amongst the verdant bushes, children of various ages working alongside their parents. Too poor to afford school, their children ran around the village or helped pick tea leaves. But Karpoor wanted more for his children; he wanted them in school. He wanted them to get what he never acquired: an education.
A Better Life Than His
Karpoor was illiterate. So were his wife and all five of their children. Despite huge leaps in adult literacy, South Asia contains 68 percent of all illiterate adults. Karpoor, who had never attended school, watched helplessly as his children followed in his footsteps. He loved his children very much and desired only the very best for them, but his earnings laboring in the tea fields weren’t enough to send them to school.
A Sliver of Hope
One Christmas season, Karpoor’s children were invited to a GFA Christmas program held at a church about 15 miles away. There, the children experienced church for the first time. Karpoor’s children loved it and wanted to go to the Sunday school.
Then, through a local villager, Karpoor heard of a literacy program held at the same church. Karpoor ventured to the church and asked the pastor if his children could join the literacy classes.
Learn more by reading the GFA special report titled “Literacy: One of the Great Miracle Cures — Resolving the Limitations Illiteracy Places on the Human Spirit
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