ENABLING AN ABANDONED CHILD TO FULFIL HER POTENTIAL
Sirisha has scored top marks in all six subjects that make up the state syllabus for schools in the Indian city of Hyderabad: Hindi, English, Telugu, maths, science and social studies.
It’s a remarkable achievement for a teenager whose schooling appeared to have come to an end when she was just seven years old – and one that wouldn’t have happened without the support of Blythswood Care.
When Sirishi’s mother died, her father – who had a drink problem – married again. Her step-mother took her out of school to help with housework and beat her severely.
The little girl took refuge with an older, married sister but soon was pushed out by the husband and found herself homeless and hungry. Concerned for her welfare, an elderly lady took her to Dayspring House, a care home supported by Blythswood.
“It took six months to bring her back to normal health,” says Pastor Samuel Babu who cares for 65 orphaned or abandoned children at the home near Hyderabad. “She was weak and had lost hope and had missed two years of school. But at Dayspring she found a new home and a new hope.”
Having achieved over 65% in all subjects, Sirisha is ready to join two other young people from Dayspring at college, where she hopes to train to be a teacher. Samuel Babu says: “These young people need your kind support to continue further studies.”
Photo Above: Sirisha with other young people at Dayspring; the home supported by Blythswood Care has given her a nurturing environment and helped her to do well at school