An Overflowing Cup
On a small patch of land (half a square kilometer) on the banks of a polluted river around 1,200 families are crammed together in single-room houses. A low income is the common factor among the families in this slum and Maria's* family is no exception.
Maria considered her future with very little enthusiasm. The confines of slum-life made it hard for her to think big, dream bright and work hard. But the spirit of this young teen only needed a push.
With the balanced meals, homework help and fun activities at the Hand of Hope feeding program, Maria eats regularly, studies harder and enjoys her childhood more than she ever thought she could.
She has achieved near perfect scores in Math and Science and enjoys her English classes in school ever since she has been getting involved in the activities at the feeding program. Her thoughts and dreams now transcend the slum and she is working hard to become a doctor to take care of her family.
By providing the nutrition and basic education, the Hand of Hope feeding program has helped Maria realize her potential. This little girl and the other children are now on the path to improved health and a better future.
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*The name of the child has been changed for privacy