Karishma Girl’s Home has 23 wonderful little girls, ranging from the ages of 4 to 13 years. Some of them are children of persecuted Christians from the state of Orissa and have lived very difficult lives; before the came to us. They were extremely malnourished when we received them. One little girl was suffering with tuberculosis of the intestines, but is healthy now. Some of the girls are from the state of Bihar and were in danger of being sold into the sex trade and kidnapped for their organs. Fortunately pastors of the area intervened and rescued them.
Just thinking of the lives they led prior to coming to Karishma Girl’s Home sends shivers down my spine. Many of these girls have witnessed great brutality by Hindu militants. Yet today they are happy and full of joy. They love to pray. They even cast up prayers for safe travels for truck drivers. (To date I have never thought to pray for truck/Semi drivers.). They are attending school for the first time in their lives now; as a result they love to study and learn. Any opportunity they get they sit down to read. They literally have to be forced to go out and play.
When they came to the girl’s home they could only speak their vernacular, which made communication very hard. Our workers diligently tutored them and now they speak both Hindi and English. Hats off to the dedication of our workers and the girls thirst for learning.